How to Jumpstart A Car?
It’s a sinking feeling that you must have experienced at one time or another - turning the ignition on and the car won’t start. Maybe you left the lights on, or its simply battery is old, even the most reliable car won’t start if the battery has been drained. With little planning, you can be well prepared to start your car. For that, you have to know how to jumpstart your car.
Before you try jumpstarting your car, you need to determine that the battery is the reason the car isn’t starting up. If you turn the ignition and hear the engine cranking, then a dead battery isn’t your problem & jump-starting it won’t do a damn thing. If you turn the key and the car does absolutely nothing, then there is a good chance you have a dead battery on your hands and jump starting it may help you to get back on the road.
Here are some of the steps to jumpstart your car
- Choosing the Right Jumper Cables
You don’t need many tools to jumpstart your car. First, you must find a working car to initiate the jump start. Jumper cables are the most commonly used tools to jump start cars because they are inexpensive and easy to store. Jumper cables usually come in a variety of lengths, ranging from 10-20 feet. People usually think that longer cables are better so that you do not have to move a car with a dead battery. But, with longer cables provide convenience, they may lose power as the longer the cable is, the farther the energy has to travel.
- Park the Vehicles Next To Each Other
Park the working car so that the vehicles face each other, preferably only about 18 inches apart, for automatic transmission cars, put the vehicle in park, for manual transmission, set the vehicle to neutral. Set the parking brake on both, so neither car moves unexpectedly.
- Both Vehicles Should Be Off
Both the cars should be off, with keys removed. Set down the jumper cables on the ground; make sure clamps do not touch each other.
Open the hood of both the cars, and locate the battery and battery terminals Attach the red, positive cable clamp to the positive + battery terminal of the dead battery. You need a solid connection to the battery terminal. Then attach the red, positive cable clamp on the other side of the jumper cables to the functioning vehicles (+) battery terminal.Connect the black, negative cable clamp to the working battery’s negative terminal.
Walk to the car with the dead battery. Do not connect the black, negative cable clamp to the dead battery. Instead, attach that clamp to a metal part of the car, such as a shiny, clean nut on the engine block. This will help you safely jump start.
Start the vehicle. Wait for some time. Depending on the age of the battery and how long since it died, you may need to let the car run for a minute or two to get the jump start work.
These are the steps you should follow to jumpstart your cars.If your car doesn’t start, or your car battery is dead.