How To Jump Start a Car

Jumper cables being used to jump start a car

When your car is on the side of the road in Providence with a dead battery, it’s time to jump start your car. If you don’t know how to jump start a car, your first instinct may be to call a jump start car service. However, if you have a set of jumper cables and a friend who can help, learning how to jump start a car only takes a moment! We’ve broken down everything you need to know below.



The Proper Way to Jump Start a Car

Jump starting your car battery requires two things: a set of jumper cables and another vehicle with a working battery. Once you’ve determined that you’re ready to get started, peruse these steps to learn the proper way to jump start a car:

  1. Park the car with the good battery facing the vehicle with the dead battery, and make sure both vehicles are turned off. Engage both parking brakes for safety.
  2. Pop the hood on both cars and find the batteries. Be advised, you may need to take off a plastic hood to find the battery terminals.
  3. Find the positive and negative terminals, making sure that they’re clean and free of corrosion.
  4. Put the red clamp on the positive post on the dead battery.
  5. As you uncoil the battery cable, connect the other red clamp to the positive terminal of the good battery.
  6. Attach the black clamp to the negative post on the good battery, then place the final clamp on an unpainted metal surface on the car’s frame.
  7. After you have everything hooked up correctly, start the engine of the vehicle with the good battery first, and let the dead battery charge.

After a few minutes, you should have no trouble starting the vehicle with the dead battery! Just make sure not to turn it off again right away, or you may have to restart the process.

Other Battery Tips

Your car failing to jump start could mean one of several things. It could mean it’s time for a battery replacement, or it could be something else entirely. If jump starting your car battery doesn’t work, here are some troubleshooting tips:

  • Turning the key and only hearing a click means that the starter is not operational and it’s time to come to your local service center for a replacement.
  • If your electrical systems come on, but your engine doesn’t turn over, it could mean one that one of several things is wrong. It may be the battery, starter, ignition switch, or fuse. Coventry drivers should have their cars looked at.
  • Keep your car running for a while after you get the jump so your battery can recharge fully after being out of juice. If you still have to jump start your battery after turning it off once more, it may be that your alternator is on the fritz.

While you’re under the hood, it pays to check other fluids and components, too. Learn more by finding out how to check your transmission fluid today.

INFINITI of Warwick Has Got You Covered

Whether you want to schedule service or you’re on the hunt for more DIY car care tips, such as how to check car oil, INFINITI of Warwick has you covered. We truly pride ourselves on customer service, and we’re eager to make great customer experiences. Finding out more is simple; just contact us online or give us a call today.

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