Jump Start Your Ride With These Steps

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A dead car battery doesn’t have to mean hours of waiting for roadside assistance. While roadside assistance is a useful service, you don’t need it to give your vehicle the jump start it needs to be on your way. Instead, you can learn how to jump start your ride with these simple steps.

Safety

Every vehicle comes with an owner’s manual. For your safety, check the owner’s manual of your vehicle to make sure you are following the manufacturer’s recommendations on how to jump start your car’s battery. Although you may already know how to jump a car battery, it’s important to take the necessary safety precautions.

Tools

Jumper cables are the only tools you need to jump your vehicle. Tuck the cables in an accessible place, for example, the trunk of your vehicle or with your spare tire is a good spot. If you do not have cables, you will want to purchase some. Longer cables make maneuvering between vehicles easier. Another option is purchasing a jumper box. This box means no other car is necessary. All you need to do is connect the cables built into the battery pack!

Positioning Your Vehicle

In a typical scenario, two cars are involved when you jump your vehicle. Accurate positioning of both vehicles is important for safety. Both vehicles should face each other head-on, about a foot and a half apart. Each vehicle should be in neutral gear with the parking brakes on, and the ignition turned off. Neither of the vehicles should be touching each other in any way. Always consult the owner’s manual for additional direction and clarification.

Attaching Jumper Cables

Open the hood, or in some cases the trunk, of your vehicles and locate the battery. On the terminals of the battery should be a red (+) and a black (-) on top of the box. Clean off any debris on the terminals before you do anything else. Attach the red cable to the red battery terminal of the dead car battery, then the working car battery. Then, attach the black cable to the working black battery terminal. Next, take the other end of the black cable and attach it to any metal part of the dead car battery (bolt or engine block). Make sure you cannot wiggle the clamps to ensure the grip is tight.

Starting the Car

Start the engine of the working car and let it run for a couple of minutes before trying to start the dead car. If the vehicle does not start after a few tries, call roadside assistance.

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Disconnecting Jumper Cables

You’re almost finished! First, remove the black, negative cables from both vehicles and do not let them touch. Next, remove the red clamps and do not let them touch the black. Now, you can close the hoods of both cars and stow the cables. Get your vehicle’s battery health checked at a local repair shop to prevent future battery issues. We would love to serve you at Amigo Chevrolet!

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