You never know when you will find yourself or some other motorist stranded in a cold, dark parking lot with a dead battery. If you do, make sure you’ve planned ahead and have a set of jumper cables or a portable car jump starter that you can pull out of your trunk.
Then follow these 15 steps!
What you will need:
Alright, here are the 15 steps to jump starting a car.
Click here for a quick reference PDF to keep in your glove compartment.
- Position the running car and non-running car nose to nose, or close enough so that the jumper cables can reach the batteries of the two vehicles, but you still have enough room to walk between.
- Turn off the running vehicle.
- Open the hoods of both vehicles.
- Attach one of the red clamps to the Positive (+) Battery Terminal of the dead car.
- Attach the other red clamp to the Positive (+) Battery Terminal of the good car.
- Attach the black clamp to the Negative (-) Battery Terminal of the good car.
- Attach the black clamp to the engine block (or unpainted, grounded point) of the dead vehicle. (Why not the negative terminal? The high voltages associated with jumping a car can produce explosive gases at the battery. Connecting the clamp away from the battery minimizes the risk of a spark igniting the gases.)
- Start the engine of the good car.
- Attempt to start the dead car.
- After the dead car starts, disconnect the black clamp from the engine block of the dead car.
- Disconnect the black clamp from the Negative (-) Battery Terminal of the good car.
- Disconnect the red clamp from the Positive (+) Battery Terminal of the good car.
- Disconnect the red clamp from the Positive (+) Battery Terminal of the bad car.
- Close the hoods and put away the jumper cables until next time.
- Let the Dead Car run for at least 30 minutes to charge the battery.
And there you have it. I hope this can help you out of a bind at some point.
Pick up a set of jumper cables and have them in your car ready to go in case disaster strikes!
Click here for a Quick Reference PDF of the basics steps, to keep in your glove compartment.