Knowing how to jump start your car is an essential part of driving. It’s easy to forget since few drivers jump start a car often. Even with roadside assistance, knowing how to start a dead battery can save time and money. Here’s an easy-to-follow guide to help you jump start your car!
- Once you’ve parked both cars, pop the hoods and identify the positive (red) and negative (black) terminals on each car’s battery. Do the same for the jumper cables.
- Attach the positive (red) cable to the positive terminal of the dead battery. Attach the other positive end to the live battery.
- Attach the negative (black) cable to the live battery’s negative terminal. Attach the other end to a jumper post or unpainted bolt near the dead battery. Watch out for fans and belts!
- Once everything is attached, start the car with the live battery. Let it idle for a few minutes while slightly pushing on the gas.
- After a few minutes have passed, try to start the car with the dead battery. If the car doesn’t start, wait a few more minutes and try again.
- Once the car starts, let both vehicles idle. After you disconnect the cables in the opposite order you attached them, continue on your way.
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