How to Jump a Dead Battery

Car jumpers - Springfield, MO
Jump starting your car can be easy if you follow the proper steps!

There are a few things every driver should know, like how to jump a dead battery and check your engine oil. With the increasing availability of 24/7 roadside assistance, some drivers are likely to forget these basic tasks. That’s why we are here to give you a refresher on how to jump a dead battery.

  1. Park both cars about two feet apart, nose to nose.
  2. Find the positive (red) and negative (black) terminals on each battery. Do the same for the jumper cables.
  3. Attach the positive end of the jumper cable to the dead battery’s positive terminal. Attach the other end to the live battery’s positive terminal.
  4. Next, attach the negative end of the jumper cable to the live battery’s negative terminal.
  5. As for the other end, attach it to an unpainted metal part under the hood. Bolts and jumping posts are good examples. Keep in mind the other end is attached to a live battery – be careful!
  6. Start the car with the live battery and let it run for a few minutes. It isn’t a bad idea to lightly rev the engine once or twice.
  7. Start the car with the dead battery. If it starts, let both cars idle for a few minutes before disconnecting.
  8. To disconnect the cables, remove them in the opposite order you put them on. Start with the negative end attached to the metal piece and work backward.

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