How to Properly Jump Start a Car

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If your vehicle won’t start, you may need to jump start your car battery with the help of jumper cables and another vehicle. Devine drivers can contact us or follow our guide on how to properly jump start a car.

The Proper Way to Jump Start a Car

If you have jumper cables and another vehicle available to you, follow the steps below to jump start your car battery. If you don’t have access to jumper cables or another vehicle, you can call a jump start car service like AAA for help.

  1. Have the car with the good battery park facing your vehicle — hood to hood. Make sure the other vehicle is turned off and that the parking brakes for both vehicles are engaged.
  2. Open both hoods and find the batteries. You may need to remove a plastic cover to expose each battery terminal.
  3. Identify the positive and negative terminals for each vehicle. Make sure they’re clean and free of any corrosion or debris.
  4. Connect the red clamp to the positive post on the dead battery.
  5. Hook the other red clamp to the positive terminal of the good battery.
  6. Connect the black clamp to the negative post on the good battery.
  7. Connect the final clamp to an unpainted, metal bolt or surface on your car’s frame.
  8. Once everything is hooked up securely, start the engine of the vehicle that has the good battery first, then the one with the dead battery.

If the jump was successful, leave both vehicles running while you carefully disconnect the cables, making sure the clamps don’t touch. Be sure to keep your vehicle running for awhile after getting the jump to allow the battery to recharge fully. If your car won’t jump start, read on for more tips and tricks to get you safely back on Castroville roads.

Battery Tips and Tricks

If your car won’t jump start, you may need a battery replacement or there may be a more serious problem to correct. Take the following steps to troubleshoot the issue:

  • If you try and start the car but only hear a clicking sound, the starter might not be functioning properly. Schedule service with Brown Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram for a replacement.
  • If the electrical systems of the car turn on but the engine fails to turn over, the problem could be a number of issues. Visit our service center as soon as possible for a diagnosis.

Visit Brown Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram in Devine for Battery Service

Visit our dealership near Uvalde today for service or to purchase a new battery for your vehicle. Find everything you need at our parts center to keep your vehicle running like new. Be sure to check out our service and parts coupons available to help you save money when you need it the most. For more tips on how to keep your car running, how often to rotate tires, how to program a Dodge key fob, or to get quality service, visit the service center at Brown Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram. We look forward to serving you!

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