How to Jumpstart A Dead Battery

Did you forget to turn off the interior lights in your car last night? Maybe you parked the car in the garage and forgot the headlights were on. Or maybe you didn’t switch the lights all the way off and left the low-beams on. Either way, your battery probably ran out overnight and now the car isn’t starting.

What are you to do now? The simplest thing to do that most people first do is to jump the vehicle. However, many don’t know how to do that and are turning to this website to get some help. Don’t worry! We are indeed here to help!

Make Sure You Have Jumper Cables

The first thing you need to do is check to make sure you have jumper cables and another energy source, in this case, another vehicle with a charged battery. Once you have those and before you connect the wires to the battery, make sure the vehicle being jumped is in neutral and that the ignition in both of the vehicles is turned off.

Next comes the complicated part that you may want to bookmark this page for: the proper locations of the clips on the battery. First, take one end of the red clips and attach it to the positive terminal of the battery in your car. You then attach the other end of the wire with another red clip to the positive terminal of the other car. Then take the wire with the black clips and place one on the negative terminal of the other car’s battery, ending by attaching the final black clip to any metal surface on your vehicle that it can attach to. This final step should be remembered as too much energy can cause major problems to your vehicle’s electrical system.

Let the Engine Run

The final two steps begin with the vehicle whose battery is working fine and turn it on. Let the engine run for a few minutes to allow that other vehicle’s battery to charge up. After a few moments, try starting your car. If the vehicle doesn’t start, recheck the wires—with it turned off—and make sure they are connected correctly.

Before you go anywhere, you should allow the vehicle to run for a few minutes and drive it around. Recharge the battery by getting the vehicle moving. If you have followed all of these steps and it doesn’t work, you need to call a tow and get a new battery.

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If your car battery won’t start and you find yourself in a jam near Toms River, NJ then give Marc’s Transmission a call at 732-244-7300!

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