Have you ever had one of those mornings when you’ve woken up late…you’re in a rush to get to work and a bit stressed. You reach your car, quickly turn on the ignition….but nothing happens. You try a few more times, but you only get some strange clicking sounds. A dead battery! Do you know how to jump a car?
The following are guidelines on how to jump a car when the car battery is dead.
If your vehicle has an electronic ignition system, the use of jumper cables may damage it.
Tips in Preparation for The Jump
Consider all the safety risks and take the necessary measures before working on your car. This is what you do:
- Find another functioning car and choose the right jumper cables for the jump. The battery on the other vehicle should at least have as much voltage as your own. As for the jumper cables, thick cables with a lower gauge work stronger.
- Also, keep in mind that the cables will be transmitting electric current and should, therefore, be handled with caution.
- Park the functioning car in a position whereby both cars get to face each other.
- The cars should be some inches apart, about 8 inches, and should not touch each other.
- Both cars should have parking brakes on so they do not move unexpectedly.
- Turn off both cars and remove the keys from their specific ignitions.
- Take out the jumper cables and, ensuring that the clamps don’t come in contact, set them on the ground.
- Open the hoods of the two cars and locate the batteries and their terminals. Ensure that you can correctly identify the positives and the negatives.
To begin the jump
- Start by connecting one end of the positive jumper cable to the +ve terminal of your dead battery. Then, connect the other end of the same positive cable to the +ve terminal of the working battery.
- Attach the negative cable clamp to the negative terminal of the working battery. Then, unlike you did in step one, connect the other end of the negative cable clamp to an unpainted metal surface of your car that is not near the battery. A good option is usually a clean nut on the engine block.
- Start the functioning vehicle and let the engine run for a few minutes. You can run the car for up to four minutes.
- Attempt to start your dead car. Once it starts running, disconnect the jumper cables starting with the negative terminals.
- Again, do not let the cable clamps touch each other especially when any of the terminals are still attached to a car.
Once you’re done, take a short drive, for at least 30 minutes, to give your battery sufficient time to build up charge. If the jump was entirely successful, your battery will not die again when you turn the car off.