When driving your car, you might experience sooner or later when you will run into a dead battery. This situation might happen due to leaving your lights on or improper maintenance of your battery.
Actually it’s not too hard to jumpstart your car battery. Let’s see some tips of doing this.
Basically what you need to jumpstart your car battery are:
1. Another car running
2. Jumper cables
3. Safety glasses
4. Wire brush
Line both cars up so the batteries are as close as can be. Make sure the cars are in park, and both cars are turned off, and not touching each other before you connect the cables.
Connect the batteries. If you notice any corrosion on the terminals, use the wire brush to clean them off and then follow these steps:
- Clamp the positive jumper cable red clamp to the positive red terminal on the dead battery.
- Connect the other positive red clamp to the positive red terminal onto the charged car battery.
- Clamp the negative black clamp to the negative black terminal on the charged car battery.
- Attach the other negative clamp to an unpainted metal surface on the dead car’s frame to reduce the risk of explosion.
When you are sure that everything have been connected correctly including the cables, start the cars.
- Start the engine of the running car. Wait for 4 to 5 minutes (longer if the dead battery is old).
- Start the car with dead battery. If it starts successfully, let both cars connected for a few minutes.
- If it fail to start, call mechanic for help. Don’t keep trying to avoid any harm.
After you make sure that your car battery works again, disconnect the cables in reverse order. Then try to drive your car in a determined period and if the same problem happens again, bring your car to the mechanic for maintenance.