How to Jump Start a Car Battery in Nine Easy Steps
You get into your car, as usual, put the key in and switch on the ignition. Nothing. The car does not start. The reason is probably that your car battery is gone. It can not provide an electrical current, which is large enough to start the ignition. A simple way of this is to get a charger connected to a power supply, to restore the charge levels.
The other way, in case you do not have a charger or power supply around, is to jump start. It is a pretty simple technique to get pretty much enough charge, to trigger the ignition and return to a place where you can get the battery properly charged.
A word of caution. There is a very minute possibility of an explosion, caused by the ignition of hydrogen gas, created by the discharge of the battery. However, a good start cable connection technique can avoid this problem.
Anyway, for an explosion to occur, the hydrogen gas will have to be very dense and the car’s battery will have to sit dead for a while. Just follow the proper technique that is recommended here and you do not have to worry about this problem. The trick is to avoid the formation of sparks when starting the jump. Wear safety glasses and gloves during the procedure.
How to Jump Start a Car
1. Make Sure the Battery is Dead
If a car won’t start, there might be a bigger problem than a dead battery. If this is the case, jump-starting the car won’t help. This is why it is important to make sure that the battery is actually dead. To test your battery, turn the ignition. If you hear the engine cranking quickly, it is probably not the battery. If the engine does absolutely nothing or sputters very slowly, your battery is most likely dead.
What You Need to Jumpstart a Car:
- Jumper Cables
- Safety Gear
- Working Car
2. Position the Cars
In order to jump a dead battery, you will need to utilize the working battery of a functional car. Call a friend or flag down a fellow motorist. Most people will be willing to help you out as it shouldn’t take more than a couple of minutes. Park the car in such a way that the distance between both car batteries is as minimal but ensure that the cars are not touching. Turn off the engine of the working car. Make sure electrical components such as heat or A/C, radio and lights are also off.
3. Locate the Battery on Each Car
Pop the hood and identify the battery. On most cars, the battery will be located near the front of the car on the right or left side. In rare cases, it is located in the trunk! If you can’t find the battery, check the owner’s manual. Wherever you find it, make sure to identify the positive (+) and negative (-) terminals of the battery.
4. Put on Safety Gear if You Have It
It’s not a bad idea to keep a pair of safety goggles and gloves in your vehicle with your jumper cables. Put on the safety gear and check both batteries for cracks, corrosion or other damage. If you find any of these things, do not jump start the battery.
5. Connect the Jumper Cables
Connect a red clamp to the positive (+) terminal of the dead battery, and connect the other red clamp to the positive (+) terminal of the working battery. Next, connect one black clamp to the negative (-) terminal of the good battery. Connect the other black clamp to some part of the grounded metal on the vehicle with the dead battery. Look for shiny metal (not painted or oily) that is attached to the engine. This may be a nut, bolt or other protruding shiny metal. You may see a small spark when you connect, but don’t worry, this indicates a good ground.
6. Start the Working Car
Once the working car is started, let it idle for a couple of minutes. Then, rev the engine above idle for 30 to 60 seconds which should charge the engine of the dead car.
7. Try to Start the Dead Car
If the dead vehicle still does not start, shut the engine off and disconnect the last connection so that you can wiggle each of the other clamps to make sure there is a good connection. Restart the working car again after allowing at least five minutes for charging the dead one. If this does not work after a few tries, you will need to have the car towed or the battery replaced.
8.Remove the Jumper Cables Once the Car Starts
For your safety, it is important that you do this in the reverse order from how you connected the cables. Disconnect the black clamp from grounded metal on the dead car. Then, disconnect the black clamp from the negative (-) terminal of the good battery. Disconnect the red clamp from the positive (+) terminal of the working battery. Lastly, disconnect the red clamp from the positive (+) terminal of the dead battery.
9. Do NOT Shut off the Engine of the Jumped Vehicle!
If you do not have anywhere to go after jumping your vehicle, don’t shut it off or you might not be able to start it again. Continue to run the car above idle by slightly revving up the engine with your foot lightly on the gas pedal. Do this for about five minutes and then on idle for another twenty minutes before you turn it off. This is important to give the battery enough charge to start the car when you need to.
This simple technique can certainly be useful when you are stuck and stuck because of a dead battery.