Do you know how to jump a car? If the answer is No, then do not worry, in this thread you are going to learn How to Jump Start a dead car battery. These methods can be used for any vehicle.
Perhaps you hear several clicks. Another dead car battery? You will need to correct this and get your car or truck back to the street – fast. All you need to do is to understand how to jumpstart an automobile battery.
How to Check if Your Battery is Dead or Dying
- No Crank, No Lights
- Intermittent Engine Start
- Difficulty in Cold Cranking
- Frequent Jump Starting
- The Engine Cranks but the Car Doesn’t Start
How to Jump a car
There are three ways to jump your car or vehicle battery and get it back on the road.
- Using Jumper Cables
- Using Portable Jump Starter
- Without Jumper cable or Portable Jumper (by Pushing Car/Vehicle)
We will be discussing All three methods here.
Guide to Jump Starting a car
This guide will help you to understand different ways to jump-start a car.
1 – Jump-Starting with Jumper Cables
This is the first method to jump a car using jumper cables. In this case, you must have a pair of jumper cables and You must discover a working car to use for your jump-start.
Jumper wires are the most popular instrument used to jump start cars since they’re affordable and simple to store. Use jumper cables that are of the right thickness. The lower the gauge, the thicker the cables. The recommended gauge sizes for jumper cables are 8 and 6.
Jumper wires usually come in an assortment of lengths, which range from 10-20 feet. Some people today think longer wires are better so that you don’t need to move a vehicle with a dead battery. However, while more wires offer the advantage, they may eliminate power since the more the cable, the further the energy must travel. The indicator of the cable refers to the strength of these wires.
You need to think about all security risks before doing any simple upkeep or repair to your vehicle. First, be certain that little children are in a secure place away from the motor as you’re establishing the way to jump a dead car battery. Have a little time to read the guide of your vehicle. Some vehicles need extra measures so as to have a successful leap. If you are unsure of what to do, then speak to your nearest Car Care Center for information.
Assuming that your car will allow a hop, you need to be cautious to stop dangerous electrical shocks. When you manage the jumper wires, be conscious that their purpose is to transmit electric current from one automobile to another. After 1 end of the jumper wires is attached to a vehicle, don’t touch the metal straps to anything but the suitable target. Additionally, it is advised that you put on a pair of protective glasses if sparks go flying into the atmosphere.
During winter, make sure that the battery has completely thawed before jump starting. Electricity causes heat, and heat cause matter to expand. Jump-starting a frozen battery may cause it to burst.
Now that you have learned about the safety precautions before jump-starting a car, we can now move forward to the actual steps on how to jump-start a vehicle.
Pro Tip: NEVER smoke while jump-starting a car!
To prepare for the jump
- Park the working car opposite to dead car so that both cars face vehicles each other, about 18 inches apart, but not touching each other.
- Set the parking brakes on both cars, so neither automobile moves unexpectedly.
- Both cars should be Turned off, With their Keys removed from the switch.
Put down the jumper cables on the ground, and make sure the clamps do not touch each other.
- Open the Hood of both cars and locate the car batteries.
- Most probably the two terminals on each battery will be covered in black or red, with a – or + sign on the top.
Now Begins Jump starting part
Now here comes the crucial part. The ORDER on how you attach the cables ensures your safety and to avoid damage to your car’s electrical system.
Take one of the red clamps on the jumper cable and attach them to the positive terminal of the dead car’s battery.
The positive terminal is usually indicated with a “POS,” or “+” on it, or it looks bigger than the negative terminal. The other red clip should be connected to the positive terminal of the car with a good/healthy battery(Which You are using to jump dead car battery). Remember, ORDER is critical!
Use this guide to help you remember: Red + positive + dead to Red + positive + charged.
Next step is to connect one black clamp to the negative terminal on the other car with a CHARGED battery. The other end of the black clamp should be attached to an unpainted metal surface on your vehicle with the DEAD battery.
As a guide, remember that: Black + negative + charged battery to Black + unpainted metal.
Another tip to help you remember is that the red clamps are for negatives and should start with the DEAD battery. The black clamps are for positives and are for the CHARGED battery. You can draw a diagram and place it in your glove compartment for future use.
Once you have connected the black clamp to the charged battery, the cables are already live so be careful that the metal clip on the other end does not come in contact with you or any part of the car other than where it should be connected.
How long to charge the dead car battery?
After connecting the cables, turn on the ignition of the car with the good/healthy battery. This is where the charging process begins. Allow it to charge for about two minutes.
You may need to charge up to five minutes during colder weather.
Now try starting the dead car. If the car does not start, allow the working vehicle to charge for few more minutes before attempting again.
Once the dead car is running, you might disconnect the jumper wires, beginning with the black, Negative cable clamps. Don’t allow the clamps to touch each other while other parts of the wires are still attached to a vehicle.
Tip: To check if your car’s battery has been charged, turn on one of the lights inside your car. If it normally lights up, then the battery is charged. Otherwise, you may need to wait a few more minutes.
Take a short drive. This driving lets the car’s alternator to charge the battery.
Now, let’s move on to the next method which is jump-starting a car with the use of the portable jumper.
Here is a detailed video tutorial on How to jump a car using jumper cables.
2: Jump-Starting Car with the portable Jumper
I have another way which is the simplest and most effective which you can do yourself even without another car around. The downside is you need a bit more cash, but you can jump-start your own car where ever.
You need to purchase a portable jump starter to start your car whenever you needed.
Now before we start jumping using portable jump starter we need to check few things.
- Make sure that jump-starter is off before you try to connect it to battery terminals.
- Check that Lights, Radio, Air-conditioner etc of the car are turned off – Remove the Keys from the ignition to be sure.
- Do not allow the positive and negative clamps to connect each other.
- Do not try to Jump your car near the flammable liquids or other flammable materials.
Now start connecting jumper cables with your battery’s terminals. Connect the positive (Red) jumper clamp with the positive terminal of the car’s battery and the negative (black) clamp to a stable point on the vehicle’s chassis.
Make sure that this end is not anywhere near the battery and can be solidly attached, so it won’t loosen up as soon as the car begins. Another good practice does not allow the wires to cross each other or touch any area of the automobile.
Switch on the mobile jump starter and Let It control Your battery for around two to three minutes.
Switch on the ignition and try to begin the vehicle. Don’t Try to start the vehicle for over 5 minutes as it may make a power surge into the jump starter and harm it. Give it another two to three minutes to recharge your battery before trying to start your vehicle again.