FRANKLYNN AUTOMOTIVE

How To Jump Start a Car

Knowing how to jump start a car can be a lifesaver, especially if you find yourself stranded with a dead battery.

In this blog post, we will walk you through the steps of jump starting a car and provide some helpful tips to ensure your safety.

Before we get started, it’s important to note that jump starting a car can be dangerous if not done correctly. If you feel uncomfortable attempting to jump start a car, or if you do not have the proper equipment, it is best to call us assistance.

To jump start a car, you will need a working vehicle with a good battery, a set of jumper cables, and a safe place to park both vehicles (preferably close to each other).

  1. First, make sure both vehicles are turned off and in park.
  2. Open the hoods of both vehicles and locate the batteries. The battery is typically located near the front of the vehicle and will have two metal terminals (positive and negative).
  3. Take the jumper cables and attach one end of the red (positive) cable to the positive terminal of the dead battery.
  4. Attach the other end of the red cable to the positive terminal of the working battery.
  5. Attach one end of the black (negative) cable to the negative terminal of the working battery.
  6. Attach the other end of the black cable to a metal part of the stranded vehicle (such as a bolt on the engine block), making sure not to touch the negative terminal of the dead battery.
  7. Start the working vehicle and let it run for a few minutes.
  8. Try to start the stranded vehicle. If it doesn’t start right away, wait a few more minutes and try again.

If the stranded vehicle still does not start, there may be other issues that need to be addressed. It is best to seek the assistance of a professional in this case.

It’s important to note that jumping a car can put a strain on the battery of the working vehicle, so it’s a good idea to have it checked by a mechanic after the jump. Additionally, make sure to follow these safety tips:

  • Wear protective gear, such as gloves and eye protection, to protect yourself from the cables and the batteries.
  • Avoid touching the metal parts of the cables or the batteries with your skin.
  • Do not allow the cables to touch each other or come into contact with any other metal object.
  • Do not smoke or use open flames near the batteries.

By following these steps, you can successfully jump start a car and get back on the road in no time. Just remember to always use caution and seek the assistance of a professional if you are not comfortable attempting to jump start a car on your own.

Related Post

St. Patrick Day Hero Image Littleton Colorado

St. Patrick Day

Wearing Green and Giving Back: Franklynn Automotive Celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with the Community! At Franklynn Automotive, we’re more than just your trusted auto repair

Read More »
Scroll to Top