Have you experienced having car trouble? Perhaps most car owners do. Most car owners also have tools yet not everyone knew how to use their tools. What if after a long day at work you find your car stubbornly refusing to start? Can you at least attempt to jumpstart your car?
Say you have the necessary tools such as jumper cables and a jump box (it serves as the power source or you can use another working car), here are the steps that you can try to resuscitate your car battery back to life.
Get to Know Your Car Batteries
There are two terminals for your car batteries, one that is marked with (–) and one with (+). Sometimes, the + terminal is labeled as POS and NEG for the – terminal.
Get to Know Your Jumper Cables
Your jumper cables have two clamps. One that is marked (–) and one that is marked (+). When you attached the jumper cables to your batteries, make sure to match each label – positive jumper cable for the positive terminal and negative jumper cable for the negative terminal.
Jumpstarting Your Car – Step 1
Turn off your car. If you are using a different car as a power source, turn its engine off too.
Jumpstarting Your Car – Step 2
Connect the jumper cables properly. The positive clamp attached to your positive battery must be connected to the negative battery of the working car. The negative clamp attached to your negative battery must be connected to the positive battery of the working car.
Note: Do not touch the ends of the cables.
Jumpstarting Your Car – Step 3
Start the engine of the rescue car. Now try to start your car. If it works, you are good to go, if not, check if the cables are tightened and properly connected.
If everything is properly connected yet your battery did not work, call for your service provider. Get icy road tips to click here.
Factors to Check before Jumpstarting your Battery
- Check the voltage system of your rescue car. It should match your car’s battery. If your battery is 6V, your rescue car should also have a 6V battery.
- Check the battery of your rescue car, it shouldn’t below.
- When connecting your cables, follow this order, positive (red) to dead battery, positive (red) to rescue car, negative (black) to rescue car, negative (black) to the dead battery. This way, you can prevent damaging the rescue car’s battery in case something happens (short-circuit).
- Regardless if it works or not, undo the connections in this order for your safety – disconnect the black cable from the dead battery, disconnect the black cable from the rescue car, disconnect the red cable from the rescue car, and lastly, disconnect the red cable from your dead battery (reversed order).
What if It Worked?
If it worked, congratulations! You can now save yourself from spending a hundred bucks with your local service provider. Now you can leave your engine running for a few minutes then run for at least 20 minutes. If it runs without issue, it means you are good to go.