Do you need to jump-start a car? Here’s what to do

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There are several reasons why your car battery could die. Luckily, it is one of the easiest things to fix when something goes wrong. When you find out that your car battery is dead, you might need to jump-start the car. Now, before you do this, make sure you have all the necessary tools, which are a set of jumper cables, a pair of gloves and another working vehicle.

Here steps to follow to jump-start your car:

  • First of all, turn off all electrical components of the vehicle. These draw power from the battery, and so you need to turn them off if so your battery can charge properly.
  • Now, park he car with the good battery next to the car with the dead battery, but do not let them touch. Make sure the jumper cables can reach both car batteries. For cars with automatic transmission, put the vehicle in park, and for cars with manual transmission, set the car to neutral. Remember to engage the parking brakes on both vehicles so they don’t move unexpectedly.
  • Turn off the engines of both cars, remove the keys, and open both bonnets.
  • Now, identify the positive and negative terminals on both car batteries. These are labeled plus(+) for positive, and minus(-) for negative. Connect one of the red clips on the jumper cables to the positive terminal on the dead battery. Do the same on the working car battery with the other red jump-start
  • Connect the black clips on the jumper cables to the negative terminal on the working battery. Then connect the other end of the jumper cable to a clean, unpainted metal part of the dead car’s engine to ground the circuit.
  • Now, there are two ways to jump-start a car. Here’s the safer way:
    • Start the car with the fully charged battery and allow it to run for five to ten minutes to charge the dead battery. Slightly revving the engine of the working car would help. Now, turn off the working car engine and remove the cables in reverse order. After doing this, try to start the other car.
    • Here’s the less safe method:  Start the car with the fully charged battery and allow it to run for five to ten minutes to charge the dead battery. Slightly revving the engine of the working car would help. Now, attempt to start the other car without shutting off the working car engine. If the vehicle starts, remove the cables in reverse order they were put on. Be careful not to let them touch.
  • Once the car starts, leave it running while you carefully disconnect the cables. Make sure the clamps do not touch. Also, make sure you disconnect the jumper cables in reverse order, namely: remove the black clip connected to the metal ground on the dead car first, then take off the black clip from the good battery. Then remove the red clip from the good battery, and finally the red clip from the dead battery can come off.
  • If you are confident that your dead battery was just drained by accident, leave your engine running to fully charge it back up. Otherwise, drive straight to a repair shop without shutting off the engine, or you risk having the battery die on you again.


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  1. Good tip. Never knew there was an earthing cable too. Always thought its just the red and black.

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