How to Jump-Start a Car

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If you need to learn how to jump-start a car, you have come to the right place. When your vehicle won’t start, you likely need a jump-start car battery service to get back on the Giddings streets. The service team here at Oviedo Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram FIAT is here to help you learn how to properly jump-start a car so you don’t have to rely on costly jump-start car services to handle the job. If your car won’t jump-start, follow our guide below to find your solution!

The Proper Way to Jump-Start a Car

If you are interested in learning how to properly jump-start a car, you will need the right tools. Luckily, you don’t need to rely on a jump-start car service when your car won’t jump-start. You simply need a set of jumper cables and another properly running vehicle. Skip out on expensive jump-start car services and learn the proper way to jump-start a car by following these steps:

  1. Park the properly running vehicle in front of the car that needs a jump, then make sure that the vehicle is turned off.
  2. Find the battery under the hood of both cars, you may need to remove a plastic casing or hood to expose the terminals.
  3. Identify which terminal is positive and negative, then make sure they are clean of any corrosion.
  4. Connect the red clamp to the positive terminal on the battery that has died.
  5. Next, connect the second red clamp to the positive terminal of the charged battery.
  6. Connect the black clamp to the negative terminal on the good battery.
  7. With the last clamp, connect it to an unpainted metal surface of the car’s frame.
  8. When all the clamps are secure, start the vehicle with the good battery first, then start the vehicle with the dead battery.
  9. Once the dead battery has been jumped, carefully remove all of the cables in the reverse order that they were attached. Shut off the vehicle that was used to jump the dead battery.
  10. Allow the newly jumped car to run for roughly 10 minutes to ensure the weak battery can charge. Your owner’s manual may have specific guidance on how long to recharge a dead battery.

More Battery Tips and Tricks

If your car won’t jump-start, you likely need a battery replacement, but it could also be a sign of a more serious issue. If you have already tried to jump-start your car battery, take these actions to troubleshoot the problem:

  1. If you hear a clicking sound when attempting to start your car, the starter may be the culprit. Schedule service with us near Smithville for a replacement.
  2. If you are able to activate your electrical systems, but the engine fails to turn over, you could have a number of issues going on. You may have a faulty ignition switch, battery, starter, or fuse. Explore our service specials to help you save when you visit us for service.
  3. After you jump-start your car battery, be sure to leave the vehicle running for a while. This allows your battery to recharge fully after being drained.

Turn to Oviedo Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram FIAT for Service

When you need to learn how to properly jump-start a car, turn to the pros at Oviedo Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram FIAT for guidance and service. We work hard to make sure our community feels safer on the Weimer roads, that is why we offer tips on the proper way to jump-start a car. If you would like further information on how to jump-start a car, contact us today for individual guidance! Get info on other service tips, like how often to change your oil, when you visit us.

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