When your car battery dies, it can be frustrating and inconvenient, especially if you are in the middle of nowhere. However, knowing how to jump-start a car can get you back on the road quickly and easily. But how can you do that? Here are the steps to follow when jump-starting a car to ensure a good result while staying safe:
Step 1: Find A Good Samaritan
The first step is to find someone with a working vehicle who is willing to help you jump-start your car, but your best bet is calling a friend. Park the cars close together, but not touching, and turn off the engines completely.
Step 2: Locate The Battery Terminals
Open the hood of both vehicles and locate the battery terminals. The terminals will have a positive (+) and negative (-) sign, and the cables will be color-coded. The positive terminal is usually red, while the negative terminal is usually black.
Step 3: Connect The Jumper Cables
Attach one end of the red (positive) cable to the positive terminal of the dead battery. Then, connect the other end of the red cable to the positive terminal of the working battery. Next, attach one end of the black (negative) cable to the negative terminal of the working battery. Finally, attach the other end of the black cable to an unpainted metal surface on the engine block of the dead car; it's crucial to make sure the part you are connecting it to isn't painted and is metal!
Step 4: Start the Working Car
Start the engine of the working car and let it run for a few minutes.
Step 5: Start the Dead Car
Try to start the dead car. If it starts, that's great news! Let it run for a minimum of 5 minutes to allow the battery to charge up fully.
Step 6: Disconnect the Jumper Cables
Disconnect the cables in the reverse order you just put them in.
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