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A Guide: How to Jump Start a Car

Imagine walking out of your apartment. Right then and there you notice something isn’t right. What could it be? Then it hits you. Your car lights are on! You race over, jump in the car, switch off the headlights, stick the ignition key in the ignition and turn it. Nothing happens. You can’t even get the engine to turn over once. Yeah. Your battery is dead. Don’t sweat it. A dead battery is something every car owner experiences at least once. When it happens to you, knowing how to jump start a car will make getting back on the road a breeze. If you don’t know how to jump start a car, you are not alone. There are many people that actually have no clue how to do this. However, everyone should know how to jump start a car, and because you should have this information, we decided to provide it.

You never know when you will need to jump start the battery of your own, or someone else’s vehicle.

  • First thing’s first. How do you truly know your battery is in need of a jump start? That’s an excellent question. If you hear your engine turning over, then the problem isn’t the battery. Trying to jump start your battery won’t help your engine start in this case. However, when you turn the key and nothing happens, you probably do have a dead battery and jump starting it should be your first option for getting yourself back on the road again.
  • Ok, so now you know you need a jump start. You need to locate some jumper cables. Find a friend or a relative (and if they can’t be found, give Carlos Auto Repair & Towing a call) and get them to bring a working vehicle over.
  • Connect the red (positive) jumper cable to the post on the good battery, and the other end to the dead battery with the (+) symbol next to it.  Then connect the black (negative) jumper cable to the negative post of the good battery.
  • Connect the other end of the negative jumper cable to a clean, metal surface under the disabled car’s hood. This should be on unpainted metal, such as on the engine block.
  • Next, start the car with the good battery and let it run for a few minutes. Often 2 to 3 minutes is good enough. Then, try to start the car with the dead battery. If it starts, do not turn it off again! Let it run for at least 30 minutes to help recharge your battery.

If you find that for whatever reason, it isn’t working for you, or you suspect that your batter is completely bad and you need a new one, don’t hesitate to give Carlos Auto Repair & Towing a call. We’ll be happy to send one of our technicians over with a brand new battery. We’ll also check to make sure your battery really needs to be completely replaced or if you tried to jump start your car incorrectly.

Either way, we’ll be happy to help get your car up and running again!

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