Many of us are familiar with this scenario, you jump into your car, you turn the key over, but it won't start. What could be wrong? It may simply need a jump start. Here we will show you how to correctly jump start your vehicle.
BEFORE YOU BEGIN
Always keep a pair of jumper cables in your vehicle.
Park the working vehicle close enough for your jumper cables to reach.
Make sure the working battery has a higher voltage than the dead battery.
Park and completely turn off both vehicles.
Gain access to your battery terminals.
CONNECTING THE JUMPER CABLES
Connect the red ( + ) jumper cable to the dead battery's positive terminal. Next, attach the red ( + ) positive jumper cable to the working battery's positive terminal ,
After this is finished, connect the negative jumper cables. When connecting the negative jumper cables there are two options.
Connect the black ( - ) jumper cable from the working battery's negative terminal to the dead battery's negative terminal.
Connect the black ( - ) jumper cable from the working battery's negative terminal to an unpainted piece of metal or ground on the dead vehicle.
Option one is the preferred method. However, both options will work. Use option two if there is no negative terminal access or your battery requires a ground connection.
STARTING YOUR VEHICLE
First, start the working vehicle. Wait a minute or two before trying to start your dead car. If your vehicle won't start wait another minute or two, allowing it to charge longer.
Once your car starts, you may disconnect the jumper cables. Remove the jumper cables in the reverse order, starting with the black ( - ) clamps. Do not touch them together or to any metal surfaces,
If your battery still won't start it may be a sign of other issues. Common problems related to vehicles not starting include: Fuses, alternator, ignition, or starter. Many auto mechanics should be able to properly diagnose the problem.
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