Introduction: How to Jump Start Your Car

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Recently I had to jump start my car battery but had no idea how to do so. I figured I was not the only one who has had this problem so I have decided to provide you with a guide on how to jump start your car if you are ever in a pinch.

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Place the car with the dead battery in park and open the hood

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Park the car with the good battery in front of the car with the dead battery and open the hood

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Locate the batteries of the cars and find out which terminals are negative and which are positive. The positive one will be red with a plus sign on it. The negative one is usually just a bolt with a negative sign. You will be able to tell if it is the correct bolt because it will have a thick black wire connected to it.

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Take out the jumper cables. The cables will be colored to match the terminals. The red cable will be red and the negative cable will be black

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Connect one positive clamp to the positive terminal on the dead battery (1) and then the other to the positive terminal on the good battery (2)

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Connect one negative clamp to the negative terminal on the good battery (3) and then the other to the negative terminal on the dead battery (4).

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Start the car with the working battery. Once it is on try starting the car with the dead battery.

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Once the car with the dead battery is running disconnect the jumper cables in reverse order then how you put them on.

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Let the car that originally had the dead battery sit for awhile, rev the engine slightly in order to charge the battery and you should be all good to go.

Comments

lancashiremon101 (author)2014-04-07

I agree with lime3D therefore it would be a good idea to have the engine of the car with the good engine already running BEFORE connecting the cables.

lime3D (author)2014-04-07

The dead battery will be a slight drain on the good battery. So it is a good idea to rev the car with the good battery while starting.

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