Jump-starting a car is something that few people are taught, but something that anyone with a car should know how to do. You never know when jumping a car guide will come in handy as you can never know for certain when your battery will play up. Even if you once knew how to jump-start a car, it is common to forget which cables go where.
Is Your Battery Dead?
Before you look at jumping a car, you need to determine that the battery is the reason why the car will not start. If you turn the key and hear the engine make a cranking noise, a dead battery is not the reason for your car not starting. However, if you turn the key and do not hear anything, you probably have a dead battery.
How To Jump Start A Car With Cables
If you have cables, you will be able to jump-start your car if there is another car you can draw power from. To do this, you will first need to turn both cars off. You do not want to set up the cables while one car is on because this is dangerous and can cause major injuries.
Once the cars are off, you will need to place the red jumper cable to the positive terminal of the dead battery. The red cable is the positive cable and some will have an indicator on them of this. Once this has been done, you will need to connect the other red cable to the positive terminal of the live battery.
At this point, you will need to connect the black or negative cable to the negative terminal of the live battery. You should not attach the black cable to the dead battery’s negative terminal because this will cause the jump to not work. Once the cable has been attached, you need to attach the other black able to an unpainted, clean metal surface under the dead car’s hood.
You should then start the car with the live battery and allow it to run for a few minutes. You should then try to start the dead batter car. If the car tries to start, you should leave the cables on for a while longer. If the car starts, you should remove the cables in the reverse order and keep the car running for at least 30 minutes to give the battery enough time to recharge.
If You Do Not Have Cables
If you do not have jumper cables there are 2 options available to you. You could either try to find someone who does have the cables and ask them for help or you can try jumping your car on a hill. To do this, you will need to have your car at the top of a downhill that is completely clear. It is also important to note that this will only work if you have a manual transmission car.