How many times has it happened that you found yourself stranded because your car just wouldn’t start, no matter how many times you turn on the ignition? Before you start banging your head on the steering wheel out of frustration, and get late for wherever it is you were planning to go, read through this article to find out how to jump start a car – it’s easier than it sounds. And if this isn’t your first time, you might already have a set of jumper cables in your trunk. Once you have the jumper cables, make sure the car is in a safe place, there are no children around and you are wearing protective gloves because jump starting a car includes working with electricity, so one can never be too careful.
Procedure for Jump Starting a Car
To jump start your car, follow the steps given below:
- Park the car you will be jump starting from in front of your car, with the hoods facing each other, at least eighteen inches away.
- Put both cars in park or neutral, and set the parking brakes. Make sure both cars are off.
- Open the hoods of both cars and locate the batteries.
- Take your jumper cable and attach one of the red clamps to the positive terminal of your own car’s battery. The positive terminal will either have “POS” or “+” on it.
- Attach the other red clamp to the positive terminal of the other car’s battery.
- Attach one of the black clamps to the negative terminal of the other car’s battery.
- Do not attach the remaining black clamp to the negative terminal of your own car. Instead, attach it to an unpainted metal surface that isn’t near the battery.
- Start the working car and let the engine run for a few minutes. The time needed for the battery to be charged depends on the age of the battery and the time it has been dead for.
- Try starting your own car. If it does not start, let the battery charge for another minute or so. Then, try starting it again – revving the engine while starting the car may help.
- Once the car is working, remove the jumper cables starting with the black clamps. Make sure the clamps do not touch each other while still attached to the batteries.
- Take your car for a short drive to allow the battery to build a charge so that it does not die again when turned off.