There are a few handy skills that can come in use no matter where you are in the world. If you are accustomed to driving a car, it is essential for you to be able to diagnose common issues. Similarly, skills like changing a tire, checking the air filter and the brake fluid, are all part of dealing with a vehicle on a daily basis. Just like that, jump starting a car that has a dead battery, can also be a skill that is needed to be developed.
That said, we are here to tell you how you can jump start a car in four easy steps. These steps can be useful to you if you are ever driving a car in the future and come upon a dead battery. If you ever find yourself stranded in the morning, all you need is a pair of jumper cables and an assisting car to help you jump your own car.
1. Car Safety First
Before you are about to begin hooking up both the vehicles, make sure that they are parked in a safe location. Additionally, make sure that the ignition of the vehicle is turned off, as it can be dangerous to work with a battery through with power is running.
2. Identifying the Components
It is important to identify the terminals of the batteries that are going to be used in the process. While it is clearly marked on all batteries, it must be kept in mind when connecting. One wrong connection and you can end up with a mishap and dire consequences.
3. Connect the Car Jumper Cables
Knowing which cable to connect when, is an essential part of jumping a vehicle. Firstly, we must remember to connect the positive terminal first. Connect the first jumper cable to the positive terminal of the dead battery and then to the positive terminal of the assisting vehicle. Connect the second cable to the negative terminal of the assisting car and then to an unpainted metal surface on the vehicle with the dead battery.
It must be noted that jumper cables are often colored as Red for positive and black for negative, but that might not always be the case. What is important is the parallel connection between both the batteries.
4. Starting the Car
When it comes to starting the vehicle, start the engine of the assisting car and let it run for a few minutes. Then, try starting the car with the dead battery and see if it picks up on the ignition. Once the dead car is running, disconnect the jumper cables in the reverse order in which they were connected.
Your vehicle has been successfully jumped, and you are ready to hit the road!
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