How to Jump a Car
The video below shows you how to jump a car using another car as a booster. This may be helpful if you’re stranded and need to get to your destination. Watch the video and follow along! Then, if you have any questions, be sure to ask them in the comments section at the bottom of this page!
Basic troubleshooting with jumper cables
1. Turn off both vehicles, including any running lights and accessories.
2. Locate and inspect both batteries. Make sure they are secure in their compartments; clean corrosion from both terminals with a wire brush or sandpaper (if necessary).
3. Connect one end of an 18-gauge jumper cable to your positive (+) post on your disabled battery’s terminal and then connect it to an unpainted, grounded metal surface on your working battery’s engine block.
4. Make sure both cables do not touch each other or any other part of either vehicle (i.e., make sure they are stretched straight between both batteries).
5. Repeat with second 18-gauge jumper cable and disable battery’s negative (-) post and another unpainted, grounded metal surface on your working battery’s engine block (just as you did with positive terminal in step 3).
Jumping A Dead Battery – What To Do When Your Battery Is Dead
You’re out and about, your car is dead and you have no idea what to do. Whether you are at home or on a road trip, jumping your battery is often an easy fix for starting your car. Here’s how! Quietly consider calling roadside assistance. This seems obvious, but it’s important that you don’t wait until your battery is completely drained before calling for help—doing so could result in other problems with your vehicle that take longer to solve. Also, try to stay calm during any phone call (if it helps, use of service like Google Voice can allow someone else drive while another person calls). Using too much profanity will only make whoever answers hang up.
Things You Need To Know Before Jumper Cables
There are three main steps involved in jump starting a car:
1. Connecting jumper cables correctly;
2. Getting another car running;
3. Gently connecting (and then removing) the jumper cables correctly.
Follow these steps carefully and you should be able to jump-start your battery successfully every time!
How to Choose the Right Size Jumper Cables For Your Car
The right size jumper cables are crucial to jump starting your car. Here’s what you need to know. The equipment to jump start your vehicle comes in a range of sizes and it’s easy to accidentally buy something that isn’t up for job. This can cause problems: when should you go large, and when should you go small? To help make sense of it all, we have outlined everything you need to know about choosing jumper cables – along with an FAQ section at the end!
Tips on Using Jumper Cables Correctly
The first thing to do when you need jumper cables is to check that your car is still operable, or if it won’t start. Make sure that you are using safety precautions by wearing gloves and eye protection at all times. Jumper cables can deliver a significant amount of current, so use common sense whenever around batteries, jumper cables or cars with engines running. Another key point is to only connect one end of each cable at a time.
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