How to Jump Start a Car

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If your vehicle won’t start, it’s possible that you just need a jump start to get going again. Our Sames Bastrop Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram guide on how to properly jump start a car will help you get driving in no time! If your battery is on its way out, come visit our service center near Giddings for a replacement today.

The Proper Way to Jump Start a Car

The only items you need to jumpstart a car are a set of jumper cables and another car. You can also call a jump start car service like AAA. Once you’ve got that settled, follow these steps:

  • Face both cars together and ensure both are turned off. Also ensure both parking brakes are engaged.
  • Open both hoods and locate the batteries on each. You may need to remove a plastic cap to expose all battery terminals.
  • Identify the positive and negative terminals on each battery. Make sure they’re clean and free of any cloudy or caked-on corrosion.
  • Connect the red clamp to the positive terminal on the dead battery in need of a jump.
  • Connect the second red clamp to the positive terminal of the good battery.
  • Connect the black clamp to the negative terminal on the good battery.
  • Create a ground on the car receiving a jump by connecting the final black clamp to an unpainted metal surface somewhere on the car’s frame.
  • Ensure everything is hooked up securely, and then start the engine of the vehicle with the good battery.
  • Let the battery charge briefly, then attempt to start the car with the dead battery.
  • Once the dead vehicle has been jump-started, carefully remove the jumper cables in the reverse order.
  • Shut off the car with a good battery that was used to help jump-start the dead car.
  • Charge the offending battery by running the engine for at least 10 minutes. This allows the alternator to charge your battery and will help keep it from dying again. Consult your owner’s manual for more info on recommended charging times.

More Battery Tips and Tricks

If your car won’t jump start, you may need a battery replacement, or possibly a more serious electrical problem. Take these steps to troubleshoot the issue:

  • If you try and start the car but only hear clicking, your starter motor may not be working properly. Schedule service at Sames Bastrop Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram near Del Valle for a replacement.
  • If the electrical systems of the car turn on, but the engine fails to turn over, the problem could be a number of issues. The ignition switch, battery, starter, or a fuse could be causing the problem. Again, our service center can diagnose and fix the issue.
  • Be sure to keep your vehicle running for a while after getting the jump. That allows the battery to recharge fully after it’s been drained.
  • Worried about needing a jump with nobody around? You can purchase a portable power source that can jumpstart your car without the help of another vehicle.
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Turn to Sames Bastrop Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram for Service

Whether you need help with a new battery or an oil change, Sames Bastrop Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram has you covered. Our service center is a quick drive away from Lockhart, so stop by today or contact us with any questions.

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