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Getting The Job Done Right
By: Darion Robinson
Many of us have spent a significant time commuting on our cars, but most of us still don’t know how to jumpstart a car.
You may be in a situation where it’s important to know how to jumpstart a car. It could be because your vehicle’s battery is old or you left the lights on causing the battery to die. Whatever the reason, your only option will be to jumpstart your car.
Do not worry if you do not know how to jumpstart a car, we have covered some reliable techniques on how to jumpstart a car no matter where you are:
Before you actually jumpstart your car, you need to make sure that your car’s battery is the real reason why your car isn’t picking up.
It’s easy to find out:
Also, if the lights come on but the engine doesn’t crank then it may not necessarily be a dead battery.
You can jumpstart a car if you have access to a battery or another car with a working battery. However, remember that both the batteries must match. You cannot use a 6 volt battery to start a 12 volt battery, for example. Doing so can damage the vehicle.
Here’s a complete guide:
You can’t jumpstart a car without the right equipment. You will need these items to be able to jumpstart your car:
Make sure to read your car’s manual, if available, as some cars may have specific safety requirements.
The first thing to do before you even begin is to check the jumper cables and ensure that they are in good condition.
They need to be long enough to easily connect. Park both the vehicles close to each other but make sure they do not touch one another.
So, how do you check if you are good to go? Here are a few things to look out for:
Once both the cars are in place, turn off both the vehicles and put them in park or neutral if you drive a stick. Pop open the hoods and get your jumper cables ready to go.
If you’re using a working battery, then you can directly move to the next step.
A jumper cable is basically a set of two cables, the red connector is positive while the black one is negative. Be careful when connecting the wires.
WARNING: Remember, the cables should never cross.
Now let’s get down to it and have a look at how to proceed:
So, you’re all connected now. The next step is to start off the engines.
Your dead vehicle is now back to life, we’d recommend that you keep it running for a bit.
Slowly disconnect the cables in reverse order:
Be very careful when doing this; you are handling live cables now. Make sure they do not touch each other.
Do not switch your car off. Drive it for a little while before parking it. This will allow the battery to charge itself. Otherwise, the battery will be dead again when you try to start it.
If your car’s battery dies every few days then it may be a sign of a bad battery. In such a case, we suggest that you take your car to a mechanic and have them check it for you. In some cases, charging the battery with a certified battery charger may do the trick and in others, you may have to replace the unit.
Most car batteries are made to last for about five years but this also depends on how you maintain the battery. Also, the problem may be due to other car parts.
You may use a supported OBD II scanner to run a diagnosis or let the professionals do their job.
If you have a standard transmission car, you might be able to jumpstart a car without another car and without cable as well.
Here is a step-by-step guide:
If you don’t want to go through all this hassle of finding someone to help you out to jumpstart your car or you find yourself stuck in the middle of the road where your auto club won’t come over to assist, you can always invest in a good jumpstart kit.
Most are compact and will easily fit in your vehicle. Plus, they are easy to use.
If your car’s battery dies on you then all you’ll need to do is pull out your jumpstart kit and connect it directly to your car’s battery or to a power outlet inside the car.
Depending on the model of your jumpstart kit, you’ll need to charge the battery for a few minutes – about 15 minutes in most cases – before starting your vehicle.
A lot of jumpstart kits today also come with indicators or an LCD screen which shows you the overall health of your car’s battery. This information can be very helpful in understanding the overall condition of your car’s battery and if you may need a replacement anytime soon.
This investment can prevent you from having to go to a professional to get the battery inspected.
Jump starter kits come in different shapes and sizes and range anywhere from 300 to 3,000 amps. Most kits fall under the 400 to 600 amps range; this is enough for most vehicles. You can expect to spend between $50 to $100 dollars on a good kit.
However, remember to always keep the jump starter kit charged. Otherwise, you’ll just end up with a dead battery and a dead jump starter.
How long will it take to jumpstart a car with another car?
If you have everything that you need then it will only take you between 10 to 15 minutes to connect the cables, charge the battery, and disconnect the cables.
How long should I drive a car after I jumpstart it?
We suggest that you drive it for about 15-20 minutes for it to charge.
What happens if you connect the cables incorrectly?
Doing so may end up damaging both batteries, cables, and other electrical components of your car.
Are there other ways to charge a battery?
Yes, there are, such as a trickle charger but it will only charge the battery and not jumpstart it.
Can we start a car without charging a battery?
No, you cannot. You need a working battery to allow the spark plugs to ignite the fuel.
Can one person jumpstart a car without cables?
Only if your car is manual and you’re on a slope or you have a charged kit.
Now that you know how to jumpstart a car, we hope you will have no problem in doing so. To avoid this problem, keep your car’s battery in check and replace it if it’s old or damaged.
By Darion Robinson
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