Having a car battery failing or completely dead is a situation that has probably happened to you before. You park your car for a while and when you get back, to turn the ignition nothing happens. Maybe you hear a few clicks but the car does not start. That means you have a flat/dead battery and the best way to get you back on the road as fast as possible is to get another car battery to jump start your car.
To jump-start a car safely you need to follow these basic steps.
- Ensure you have jumper cables that are safe for use.
- Get a functioning car to help you with the jump start.
- Park the functioning car so that the two vehicles are facing each other at a distance of 18 inches apart.
- Ensure both vehicles are in park gear position with engines turned off and keys removed.
- Attach the red clip which is the positive clip to the positive (+ve) end of your battery.
- Also, attach the other end of the red clip to the positive (+ve) end of the functioning battery.
- Now attach the black clip which is the negative clip to the negative (-ve) end of the functioning battery.
- Take the other end of the black clip and clamp it on any unpainted part of your vehicle (preferably any bolt that is not painted).
- Now start the functioning vehicle and let it run for a few minutes (5 minutes).
- Then start your car, if it doesn’t start, wait a few more minutes and then try it again.
- If the dead car is running, disconnect all the cables and let the car run for about 20 minutes.
- You can now drive your car to your destination, but keep in mind that you need to visit an auto-shop to examine the performance of your car battery.
We hope the above steps have enlightened you on the process of jump starting a vehicle easily.
Drive safely and always take note of all signals displayed on your car dashboard to avoid car trouble or disappointments.