Step 1: Warning
Step 2: Equipment
Every car requires a working battery to run properly. A car battery is like a regular battery in that it has positive and negative poles and it can run out of charge. There are different types of batteries. Most car batteries are similar to the picture on the right where the entire battery is visible; however, some batteries are similar to the picture in the middle where only the battery bolts are visible. When a car battery runs out of charge, it can be because of a number of reasons, such as leaving car lights on for an extended period of time. When a car battery runs out of charge, this is when you need to jumpstart the battery or replace it all together.
Step 3: Materials
Gather the following necessary materials:
Car with a working battery and preferably its owner
Jumper Cable Set
Flashlight [if jumping the battery at night]
Step 4: Danger
Do not allow clamps to come into contact with any other pieces of metal except the actual bolts of the battery. It is recommended that you remove any jewelry that could come into contact with the battery or the metal clamps of the jumper cables. This includes rings or necklaces. Now onto the instructions!
Park the working car with the good battery next to the non-working car with the dead battery, so that the jumper cables are able to reach both batteries without causing tension in the cable. Do not allow any part of the cars to touch one another.
Turn off the working car and remove any electrical items plugged into the power outlets of each car i.e. IPods, MP3 players, phone chargers, etc.
Release the hoods of each car. Prop up the hoods with rods, if necessary.
Step 9: Danger
Attach the remaining black alligator clamp to a clean and secure piece of metal under the hood OR the negative bolt on the dead car's battery, if necessary.
**Attaching it to either the bolt or to a ground piece of metal will work just fine; however, it is recommended that you attach the alligator clamp to a clean and secure piece of metal.
Step 16: Moment of Truth
Step 17: Final Steps
Turn off both cars.
Remove jumper cables from each battery. The order is not important when removing the cables.
Close both hoods of the cars.