How to Jump-Start a Car

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You have blind trust that your battery will start in your vehicle. Every time you turn your key to start your day or journey, the battery should work. But what if your car does not start? Before frustration sets in, learn how to jump start a car battery from the experts at Allen Samuels Direct near Grapevine.

The Proper Way to Jump Start a Car

Before you try to jump start a car, there is a proper way. Don’t let the habits of others teach you the wrong way. Here’s a step-by-step guide to jump starting a car:

  • Park your car and the assisting car, making sure they’re facing each other. Check to see that both parking brakes are on.
  • Lift the hoods on both vehicles to expose the batteries. Remove the plastic hood on the battery terminals. There may not be a plastic hood, but if found, remove it.
  • Inside, look for the positive and negative terminals. The terminals should be clean without corrosion.
  • Connect the red clamp to the positive post on the dead battery.
  • Hook the red clamp to the positive terminal on the working battery.
  • Once the two red clamps connect both vehicles, it’s time to hook the black clamp.
  • Start with the working battery and connect the black clamp to the negative post.
  • Hook the last clamp to a metal surface in the working battery’s frame. Be sure that the metal surface is free of any paint.
  • Check that all clamps are secure before starting the working battery.
  • Start the vehicle with the working battery first.
  • Then, turn on the ignition of the car with the dead battery. The working battery will jump start the dead battery, giving it a boost. The dead battery will now start the vehicle.
  • Allow the vehicle to run for at least 10 minutes before driving again, as the battery needs time to recharge.

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What if My Car Won’t Jump Start?

When your car won’t jump start, it’s time to get a new battery. It would help if you troubleshot to ensure there are no other underlying car problems. Below are helpful tips on why a vehicle won’t jump start:

  • There’s a problem with your starter if you hear a clicking sound when turning on your car.
  • There could be several reasons why the engine doesn’t turn over, but the electrical system turns on. Some problems include: a fuse, ignition switch, battery, or starter.

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Get More Car Service Tips Allen Samuels Direct

Do you jump start your battery a lot? If so, then you may need a new battery. There’s no need to be left on the side of the road in Ft Worth or Irving. Instead, contact us to get your vehicle up and running. Are you looking for a used car, SUV, or truck? Please take a look at our preowned vehicle inventory. Once you find one you like, apply to finance a vehicle with us! You can also see our service tips and tricks, like how often to change your transmission fluid.