Jump Starting Your Vehicle Safely

A dead battery is a nuisance, particularly because it often happens at the most inconvenient time.  However, with a pair of emergency jumper cables (which you obviously keep in the trunk of your car at all times) and a friendly motorist, you can have your car up and running in a jiffy.

To safely jump a start, follow these steps:

Safety First
You should consider all safety risks before performing any basic maintenance or repair on your car. First, make sure that small children are in a safe area away from the engine. To prevent dangerous electric shocks, do not touch metal clamps to anything but the appropriate areas. It’s also recommended that you wear a pair of protective glasses in case sparks fly into the air.

How to Jump a Car Battery
– Bring the two cars together nose to nose, about 18″ apart.
– Place both vehicles in Park or Neutral and shut off the ignition in both cars. Engage both parking brakes as well.
– Open the hood to both cars, and locate the batteries and battery terminals.
– Attach one of the red clips to the positive terminal of your battery. It has “POS” or “+” on it, or it’s bigger than the negative terminal.
– Attach the other red clip to the positive terminal of the other car.
– Attach one of the black clips to the negative terminal on the other battery.
– Attach the last black clip to an unpainted metal surface on your car that isn’t near the battery.
– Start the working vehicle and let the engine run for a few minutes.
– Try to start your vehicle.

If the jump works and your car starts, don’t shut off your engine! Drive around for at least 15 minutes to recharge your battery. If the jump fails to start your car after a few short attempts, or if the car starts but then dies again, call on Discount, Muffler, Brake & Auto repair shop in Crystal Lake, IL. Your car likely has other issues besides a dead battery that needs to be addressed.