How to Jump a Car Battery

There are many different reasons why your car won’t start. One of the most common reasons is a problem with the battery. Many times, all you need to do to get the battery back up and running is to jump it.

To give our customers in Chalfont, Warrington, and Doylestown a helping hand with jumping their car batteries, we at Fred Beans Hyundai have put together this informative guide. Read ahead for instructions and additional helpful information!

Step-by-Step Instructions

Jumping a car battery can be a simple process if you know what to do. Below, you’ll find easy-to-follow instructions to jumping your car battery:

  1. Locate someone with a vehicle that’s willing to help you jump your vehicle. Be sure that one of you has jumper cables that work and that you’re parked close enough together that the cables reach both batteries without stretching them.
  2. Before connecting the cables, double check that both vehicles engines are turned off.
  3. Open and secure the hoods of both vehicles and locate both batteries.
  4. Identify the positive (“+”) and negative (“-“) sides of each battery.
  5. Attach one end of the red jumper cable to the positive side of the dead battery and the other end to the other vehicle’s battery’s positive side.
  6. Attach one end of the black jumper cable to the negative end of the dead battery and the other end to an unpainted patch of metal on the vehicle with the dead battery.
  7. Start the car with the good battery and let it run.
  8. Get into the car with the dead battery and turn the key to start the vehicle. You may need to press back on it a few seconds longer than normal while the vehicle starts up.

If your car starts up, the jump was successful! All you have to do to get back on the road now is to disconnect the jumper cables. You don’t have to disconnect them in any particular order. However, you should be sure not to let the positive and negative ends touch while the other ends are still connected to a battery.

What to Do When Jumping Doesn’t Work

Depending on what’s wrong with your battery or vehicle, jumping the battery might not be successful. In that case, you’ll want to check a couple things and try again.

Check around the battery for build-up or corrosion. This simply might just be getting in the way of the connection and needs to be cleaned off. Also, check the cables near and connected to your battery to see if something has come loose.

If you do these things and the jump still doesn’t work, then you may have a dead battery or a bad starter. In either of these cases, you’ll need some extra help from a professional.

Need Some Assistance?

We at Fred Beans Hyundai hope this guide gave you all the information you needed to get your battery started. However, if you’re experiencing a battery issue that can’t be resolved with jumping, we’re here to help!

Drivers in Chalfont, Warrington, and Doylestown should give us a call or schedule an appointment for more information or assistance with a dead battery.

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