How to Jump Start a Car

Jump starts are a convenient way to jump start a car that has a flat battery. Jump leads can be dangerous for both people and cars if not used correctly.

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You can learn how you can jump start your car if you want to do it yourself. If your instructions are different from ours, make sure to read them and follow them if you have.

You've probably been in a situation where your car wouldn't start. If so, you know how crucial it is to learn how to jump-start a car. Below is everything that you need to know about how to jump start a car. Continue reading to learn how to jump-start a car correctly.

How to Jump-Start a Car

You will need jumper cables and a vehicle to use as a jumper cable when you are getting ready to jump-start your car's battery. You can use this equipment to jump start your car in Oklahoma City or Tulsa.

  • Place the car with a full battery in it and park it near the dead one. Before you move on, engage both parking brakes.
  • Locate each battery by opening both hoods. Sometimes, the plastic hood might cover the battery.
  • Identify both the positive (red), and negative (black), terminals of each battery. You can proceed if they are clean and free from corrosion.
  • Connect the red clamp to a positive terminal of the dead battery
  • Uncoil the cable and connect the other clamp to the positive terminal of the live vehicle.
  • Connect the black end to the negative terminal while you are still facing the good battery.
  • Connect the last black cable clamp to the car with the dead battery.
  • After you have made sure that all connections are in the correct places, turn the engine on and let it run for a while. This will charge the dead battery.
  • The dead battery can be used to start your car. You might need to contact AAA if your car won't start.
  • Remove the cables carefully if the car does not start immediately. Do not touch the ends until you have removed all of them.
  • Jump-starting a car should take at least ten minutes so that the battery can charge. You can turn off the other car right away.

Jump Starting a Car – Safety Tips

Be aware that jump-starting a car can cause flammable gases. Here are some tips to keep you safe.

  • Do not attempt to jump-start a battery that is damaged or leaking.
  • Jump leads that have been damaged should not be used.
  • If the jump leads get too hot, you should stop using them.
  • Be sure to remove all dangling clothing, such as a scarf or tie, before you begin. It could get caught in moving parts of the engine.
  • Avoid letting any metal objects touch your car's batteries. This could spark the battery and cause it to explode. This includes jewelry, watches, bracelets, clippings, and other metal objects.
  • Avoid smoking or allowing naked flames near any battery.
  • Do not remove the jump leads when the engine is running. This could cause severe damage to the electronics of your car.

How often should you change a car battery?

Battery life is between 5 to 7 years on average. However, you should replace a car battery if it shows signs of deterioration.

It's worth getting it checked if the battery is more than five years old or seems to be having trouble starting the car. It's safer to be safe than sorry.

We'll test your battery to make sure it is charged properly if you have breakdown coverage.

What to do after you’ve jump started your car

After you have successfully jump-started your car, it will need to be fully charged again.

You can charge the engine by driving for 30 minutes in normal traffic (not in stop-start). To top up your battery's charge, you can use a portable battery charger.

Jump starting a car – Simple Steps

Jump starting a car - Simple Steps
Charging battery car with electricity trough jumper cables

To safely jump start, follow these steps:

  1. Get your jumper cables out.A good idea is to purchase a set jumper cables and keep them in your trunk. You will need to find someone who is not only willing to help you but also has jumper cables.
  2. Put both vehicles in Park or Neutral, and turn off the ignition.Both parking brakes should be engaged.
  3. Attach one of these red clips to your battery's positive terminal.It may have “POS” or “+” written on it.
  4. Attach the second red clip to your car's positive terminal.
  5. Attach one of the black clips onto the negative terminal of the or battery.
  6. Attach the last black clip on an unpainted surface of your car other than the battery.You can use one of the metal struts to keep the hood open.
  7. Turn on the engine and allow it to run for a few seconds.
  8. Start your car.Make sure the cables are connected properly and let the other person start the engine for five minutes. Next, try starting your car again. Your battery might be failing to start your car if it doesn't.

Don't turn off your engine if the jump works. To recharge your battery, drive around for at most 15 minutes. If your car doesn't start when you turn it on again, this is a sign that the battery isn’t charging properly and should be replaced. Get a new car battery