Learn to Jump-Start Your Car

Every driver should know how to jump-start their car incase their battery dies unexpectedly. It's simpler than you might think and it can save you the time and money you might spend on a tow truck. Make sure you keep a set of jumper cables in your car and just follow these simple directions:

  • First, you'll need to find another driver with a working vehicle who's willing to help. Then park the working vehicle facing the dead vehicle, close together but not touching.
  • Both cars should be put in park and the keys need to be removed from the ignition.
  • On each car, pop the hood and find the battery. You can consult your owner's manual if you're not sure where the battery is located. Then identify the battery terminals, which often have a red cover with a + sign and a black cover with a - sign.
  • Move the terminal covers aside, take your jumper cables and get ready to attach them to the battery terminals. Make sure the clamps do not touch each other at any point once any of them is attached to a vehicle. Clamps must be attached in this specific order:
    1. Attach the positive (red) cable to the positive battery terminal on the dead battery.
    2. Attach the opposite end of the positive (red) cable to the positive terminal on the working battery.
    3. Attach the negative (black) cable to the negative terminal on the working battery.
    4. Attach the opposite end of the negative (black) cable to any unpainted metal part of the dead car, other than the battery.
  • Start the working car and wait for a few minutes. Then start the dead car. If it does not start, wait a few more minutes and rev the engine on the working car a few times before trying again.
  • When the dead car starts running, remove the cables, while still preventing them from touching until completely removed. Remove the black cable first and then red.

Knowing how to jump-start your car is a valuable skill, but it's even better to prevent your battery from dying in the first place. One easy way to do that is to have your battery inspected at our service center to make sure it is in good shape before your next road trip. Schedule an appointment at your convenience and we'll take care of it for you.

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