How To Jump Start A Car

April 26, 2020

If you own a car, you have probably come across a bunch of mechanical problems: a flat tire, out of water radiator, overheated engine, etc. But, certainly, one of the most inconvenient and annoying problems when driving is a dead battery. When your car battery is completely drained, you will need the help of another driver to recharge your battery, or, if you are a bit more careful, you will have bought a portable jumper to dispense with the power of another car. Anyway, in this article, I will tell you how to jump-start a car step by step.

What are the causes of a dead battery? First of all, you should know what get your battery out of power to avoid it in the future. Some of the most common causes are:

Leaving the radio playing of the lights onAn ajar doorFailing alternatorEnd of battery lifeSteps to jump-start a car.

In this explanation, we will suppose that your car is the one with the dead battery

1) Take precautions

Place your car at least one meter away from the other vehicle.Take the keys out of the ignition for both vehicles.Be sure that both car's hood is opened correctly and locked.Find the battery in both cars and identify which lead is the positive and negative one (generally the red one is positive and the black one is negative) Take out your jumper cables and detangle them, so you end up with a red and a black end for each car.

2) Making the connections

First, we take one side of the jumper cables (making sure the ends don't touch each other) and attach the red one to the positive side of your dead battery. Make sure the copper pieces of the cable are grabbing correctly to the metal on the post by wiggling it a little. Leave black end upon a piece of plastic, so it doesn't touch any kind of metal for now. You will use it later. Now, take the other two leads of the cable and attach them to the positive and negative terminals of the working battery, respectively. Then go back to your car and take the ground lead (the black one that you left free before) and attach it to a ground terminal. It is not recommended to connect the lead to the negative terminal of your battery cause it will cause some sparks, and those sparks could ignite fumes that a bad-working battery produces. So look over your car's user manual to find another ground terminal.

3) Charging the battery up

After checking that all the cables are well-connected, go to the other car and start its engine, and let it run for two minutes.Go to your car and start its engine. If it works fine, disconnect the black cable from your battery and then the red one, then put them on the floor, making sure that they don't touch each other or anything else. If your car is not responding yet, take the keys out of the ignition and wait five more minutes to try again.

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