Car owners usually face the problem of dead car battery which leads to complete stopping of vehicle performance before or during the ride. No one wants to relate to the frustrating feeling that comes with failure to ignite the car engine even after turning the keys in the slot. The main reason behind engine ignition failure is a dead battery. A Dead battery means your vehicle lacks the power it needs to start the engine, so you cannot drive the car.
One of the most common solutions to this problem is to jumpstart your car. Our jumpstart car troubleshooting guide is here to explain you the method of jumpstarting a vehicle using jumper cables. Moreover, you will also find some amazing car dead battery tips to avoid this type of car trouble in the future.
Using Jumper Cables To Jumpstart Your Car
Intelligent drivers always keep a set of jumper cables in their car’s emergency kit. By doing so, you can not only have the equipment needed to jumpstart your car but also save yourself from the panic of dead car batteries under troublesome situations. Here is how you can jumpstart your car using the jumper cables method:
- Find a car with a similar engine and battery size as your car.
- Park your car and the other car close to each other at a distance. Turn the cars off.
- Pop open the front hood of both cars and locate the car batteries.
- Take the red (positive) jumper cable and connect it to the positive terminal on your dead battery. Usually, the positive sign is marked on the respective terminal, so always double-check before connecting the jumper cable with the terminals.
- Make sure that the positive jumper cable does not touch the negative jumper cable or negative battery terminal. This step is important because any faulty connection can lead to dangerous shocks.
- Now take the free end of the positive red jumper cable and connect it to the positive terminal of the other battery.
- Take the negative jumper cable (usually black) and connect it to the negative terminal on your other vehicle’s battery. This connection will essentially provide the jump needed to start your car.
- Now, take the free end of the negative jumper cable and connect it to the exposed, unpainted metal components like bolts, brackets, etc. of your vehicle’s dead battery.
- Once all connections are successfully done, make sure that none of the cables are close to any moving engine parts.
- Hop into the booster vehicle, start the engine and let it sit idle for a few minutes. Car’s with old batteries tend to take longer time and you may need to consider revving the engine for speeding up the booster process.
- Start the dead battery vehicle and check if the battery starts. If it does indeed start, let the engine run for 20 minutes.
- Double-check that the jumper cable is away from any metal surface and start removing the jumper cables in reverse order.
- Remove the negative black jumper cable from the ground connection established on the now running and formerly disabled vehicle.
- Remove the other end of the negative cable from the booster vehicle’s battery.
- Finally, remove the positive cable from the booster vehicle’s battery and end the process by removing the other positive end of the cable from the formerly disabled vehicle’s battery.
- If your car does not jump-start, double-check the cable connections.
How to avoid jumpstarting your car in the future – Car Dead Battery Tips
Here are some car dead battery tips you can follow to avoid jumpstarting your car:
- Keep your battery in good condition and change the battery as recommended in your owner’s manual.
- Make sure that no lights or any other electronic components are turned on after you park the car.
Inspect your alternator for any maintenance or repair needs.
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