Knowing how to jump start a car is important to know for every driver. Every car should have a set of jumper cables in the trunk at all times to fix a dead battery quickly. If your battery goes dead, you’ll need the help of a good Samaritan.
Once you find someone to help, here are the steps to follow:
1. Find a good battery: When you find a car willing to lend a helping hand, position the other car so both front bumpers are aligned with each other.
2. Turn off cars: Turn off both cars before attaching any cables. Open both hoods, making sure both are safely propped.
3. Place a red clamp on the positive post of the good battery and attach the other red clamp on the positive post of the dead battery.
4. Place the black clamp on the negative post and the other black clamp on a grounded surface on the bad battery.
5. Turn on the working car’s engine and let it idle for a few minutes.
6. Try to start your engine: If your car won’t start, make sure that the cables are properly connected and try the process again. If your car still won’t start, your battery may need more than a jump.
7. Remove the jumper cables in the following order:
- Remove the black clamp from the grounded surface
- Remove the other black clamp from the negative post
- Remove the red clamp from the positive post
- Remove the remaining red clamp from the good battery
If you are unable to access a pair of jumper cables or find someone to help out, roadside assistance is the next best option.