How to Jump Start Your Car
At some point in their lives, most drivers have gotten into their car only to find the battery has died. If you are in this situation right now, you have come to the right place. Follow these steps to jump start your car.
- Find a Good Samaritan. You need someone with a working car to lend you a hand. You might be able to find a friendly soul in the same parking lot or you can call a friend. You also need a set of jumper cables. It’s a good idea to keep a set in your trunk.
- Put both vehicles in park. Park the working car close to the front end of the dead car. Put both vehicles in park and shut off the engines.
- Attach the positive jumper cables. Attach one of the red clips to the positive (+) terminal of the dead battery. Then, attach the other red clip to the positive terminal of the working battery.
- Attach the negative jumper cables. Attach one of the black clips to the negative (-) terminal of the working battery. Finally, attach the last black clip to an unpainted metal surface on the non-working car. The metal strut that holds the hood open is a good place.
- Start the working car. Start the engine in the working car and let it run for a few minutes.
- Start your car. If it does start, do not shut off the engine. Drive around for at least 15 minutes to recharge your battery. If it fails to start again later, you probably need a new battery. If your car doesn’t start after the jump, make sure all the cables are attached properly and try again. If it still doesn’t work, your battery is likely beyond repair.
Even if you are able to get your car back up and running, it’s a good idea to bring your vehicle in for an inspection at Russell Honda to make sure things are in order.
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