If your battery dies and you’re unable to drive your car, you’ll need to jump start it with jumper cables to get it going again. If you are not sure how to do it, don’t worry. Here’s a simple guide to help you jump start your car.
Don’t jump start a car if:
There are some things you need to know and check before you jump start your car:
- Do not jump start your car if the car battery is leaking or damaged.
- You are smoking.
- You’re near metal objects such as road signs, traffic lights etc.
Note: Don’t use jumper cables on alternatively fueled vehicles or vehicles with electronic ignition systems. Check your Owner’s Manual for more information.
How Do I Jump Start My Car?
- Find a Good Samaritan with a working car (and jumper cables if you don’t have your own).
- Make sure the working car’s battery has at least as much voltage as yours.
- Park the working car next to or in front of yours and engage both parking brakes.
- Turn off the ignition in both cars.
- Pick up the jumper cables and attach one red clip to your battery’s positive terminal. (The positive terminal will have ”POS” or ”+” on it.
- Attach the other red clip to the working battery’s positive terminal.
- Attach one black clip to the working battery’s negative terminal.
- Find an unpainted metal surface on your car and attach the other side of the black clip. (CAUTION: Don’t connect this clip to your battery’s negative terminal or any moving parts).
- Start the working car.
- Let the engine run for a few minutes to charge your battery.
- Start your engine.
If your car starts:
If your car starts you need to keep it running. Carefully remove the jumper cables in reverse order. Drive your car for 15-30 minutes to fully charge the battery.
If your car doesn’t start:
If your car doesn’t start make sure the jumper cables are hooked up properly. Run the working car for another 5 minutes. Try starting your engine again. If it still doesn’t start you may need a new battery.