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.
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