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How to jumpstart a car

Any driver should know how to jumpstart a car. Whether you left your lights on or your battery goes bad, knowing how to properly jumpstart a car can keep you from getting stranded.

Get the basics on how to jumpstart a car with the following step-by-step guide. But first, it should be noted that every car should have a set of dependable jumper cables stored in its trunk.

1. Now, get the jumper cables ready and pull a working car next to the car with a dead battery. Make sure both cars are turned off.

2. Open both the hoods of each car and start off with the red jumper cable clamps. Place a red clamp on the positive post of the good battery. Then, place the other red clamp on the positive post of the dead battery. Next, return to the car with the good battery and place the black clamp on the negative post. Finally, place the black clamp on a grounded surface on the vehicle with the dead battery. (A grounded surface is any unpainted metal part of the disabled vehicle’s frame).

3. After the jumper cables has been set up, turn on the engine of the vehicle with the good battery and allow it to idle for a few minutes.
Have the driver of the vehicle with the good battery turn their engine on and allow it to idle for a few minutes.

4. After a few minutes, you can attempt to start your engine. If your engine starts without any problems, leave both vehicles running for a few minutes to allow the battery to continue to charge.

5. After several minutes, you can remove the jumper cables in the reverse order of how we connected them. Black clamp from the car with the dead battery, black clamp from the working car, red clamp from the car with dead battery and finally, the remaining red clamp from the working car.

6. After removing all the jumper cables, let your car run for about 30 minutes to give its battery sufficient time to recharge itself.

Video by Art of Manliness

here’s your step-by-step guide to
jump-starting a car the first you always
want to make sure you have jumper cables
in your car because you never know when
you’re going to need them so what you
want to do is pull the jumper car or the
good car next to your car with a dead
battery make sure both cars are turned
off and pop their hoods now we’re going
to start off with the red jumper cable
clamps and the first thing we’re going
to do is we’re going to connect one into
the red jumper cable to the positive
terminal on the stalled battery read on
dead now we’re going to move over to the
good battery and connect the other red
cable clamp to the positive terminal on
the good battery all right now it’s time
to move on to the black jumper cable
clamps we’re staying on the good battery
the jumper card as you want to connect
one into the black jumper cable to the
negative terminal on the good battery
now you might be tempted just to connect
the black jumper cable to the negative
terminal on the dead battery but most
experts agree to not do this there’s a
chance could cause a spark and an
explosion probably won’t happen but
better safe than sorry so we want to do
is instead is connect the other black
cable to a clean unpainted metal surface
under the disabled cars hood the cars
engine block is a good place or
somewhere along the frame of the car
which is what I did now what you want to
do now is start the car that’s doing the
jumping and allow it to run for two to
three minutes before starting the dead
car you’re basically charging up the
dead cars battery
now turn the ignition on the dead car
and the car should start well done you
jump-started the car now what we need to
do is remove the cables and reverse
order of how we connected them so we
start off with the black cable on the
former dead batteries car remove it from
that piece of metal that you clamped it
to then we move back over to the jumping
car remove the black cable from the
negative terminal on the good battery
then we go to the red cable on the good
car remove that from that positive
terminal let me go back to our formerly
dead car and remove the red jumper cable
from that positive terminal and once
you’ve done that you need to drive the
car and let it run for about 30 minutes
to give the battery sufficient time to
recharge itself there you go
remember to check those dome lights so
this doesn’t happen again.

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