If your battery is almost dead and you have no idea of where to buy a car battery, what will you do? Aha! Here’s where your skills of jump-starting the battery will come in handy. Though it’s never a sure shot way of starting your car but it’s always worth the try.
Whether your car has a regular or a maintenance free battery, the jump-start process can always give you some buffer time to get a new battery.
Let’s cover the process of how to safely jump-start a battery:
- First of all make sure the problem is with the battery.
- Are the car headlights dim? Dim headlights indicate a dead battery. If they are bright, it’s probably another issue.
- Check accessories and dashboard lights. In most cases, the dashboard lights and accessories flicker even with a low battery. If they don’t, you may have a problem with the ignition switch.
- Does your car click slowly when you try to start? If it clicks slowly or not at all, it’s a dead battery.
- Locate your car battery.
- Mostly the battery is fitted under the car’s front hood. But in some cases it may also be in the trunk or under a passenger’s seat of the car.
- Identify the Positive (POS, RED, +) and the Negative terminal (NEG, BLACK, -).
- Also, inspect your car battery for cracks, leaks or damages.
- If battery terminals are corroded, clean the cable and terminals before jump-starting.
- Use a wire brush and mixture of baking soda and water to clean the terminals.
- Make sure to reconnect the terminals properly before jump-starting the car.
- Get a charged battery.
- Get a working car or battery for jump-starting.
- Turn off all the accessories of the working car.
- Get a jumper cable.
- Make sure that the jumper cables are untangled.
- The red and the black ends of jumper cables should never touch each other.
- Connect the jumper cables in the following order:
- Connect one red clamp to the Positive (+) terminal of the dead battery and other Red Clamp to Positive (+) terminal of charged battery.
- Connect one black clamp to the Negative (-) terminal of the charged battery and other Black Clamp to a piece of grounded metal.
- Use an unpainted surface or a spot on the engine block without moving mechanical parts that the cable could interfere with. This will act as a ground and decrease the risk of accidents.
- Start the working car and let it idle for a few minutes. Press the accelerator to just a little above idle for 30 to 60 seconds. This charges the dead battery.
- Then try to start the dead car. If it doesn’t start, remove the last connection, restart the working car and allow 5 minutes of charging before trying to start the other car again.
- Once the car starts, remove the jumper cables. Remove the cables in reverse order in which they were attached. Don’t let the clamps touch each other. Also replace any battery covers if necessary.
- Keep your foot on the gas, and press the accelerator to above idle for 5 minutes to 20 minutes before turning it off.
These tips will definitely breathe some life into the dead battery. Still, if your battery doesn’t hold the charge, you may need to visit a professional battery service place for battery service or replacement.
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