How To Safely Jumpstart Your car
If you’ve found yourself on the other end of a dead car battery, don’t panic. Unless you’ve noticed an ongoing problem with the battery, it’s likely that you’ll be able to jump-start it enough to get going. These steps walk you through the process of jump-starting your car from start to finish.
Using Jumper Cables
Using jumper cables is the traditional method for jump-starting a car, and though the steps have to be performed in a particular order, it’s not hard at all.
- Brush away any gunk or dirt from the battery posts.
- Attach the red/colored clamp to the positive (+) post on the dead battery, then attach the other red/colored clamp to the positive (+) post on the good battery.
- Attach the black (negative) clamp to the negative (-) post on the good battery.
- Attach the black (negative) clamp to an unpainted engine bolt, part of the car frame, or grounding terminal if equipped.
- Start the running car and let it run for a few minutes before starting the car that needs to be jumped.
Hopefully, the jump-start will have succeeded and the car will start. If you hear a clicking sound, it might be a bad starter. If the engine turns over and the lights inside come on, it could be another issue. Once the car has started, drive it around for at least a half-hour to let the battery recharge and stop in to see us for a battery test service.
Using a Power Pack
These days, you can get a jump-start without the help of a benevolent neighbor or stranger by using a power pack. These power packs have enough power to jump-start the engine of most cars, but be sure to find a model that has enough power for your vehicle, especially if you have a larger vehicle with a big battery. The manufacturer of the power pack will provide specific instructions, but the process is very similar to using traditional jumper cables.
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Stop By for Battery Test Service
After a dead battery, it’s important to have your battery professionally tested to determine if this was a one-off event or a symptom of a dying battery. We can perform a quick and easy battery test service here at Safford Mazda, so swing by as you’re driving around to recharge the battery after a jump.