Do you know how to safely jump start a car? If your battery ever dies and you still need to use your vehicle, you can use jumper cables to get it moving. Both your vehicle and the vehicle you are using to jump start yours will need their ignition turned off. The parking brakes will need to be engaged, and you need to attach one of the red clips to your battery’s positive terminal. All devices and systems in the car that has the dead battery need to be switched off. You should park the running car with the live battery as close to your car as you can, but make sure the vehicles don’t touch. It’s wise to try and safely jump start a car with someone who is experienced in this area.
How to safely jump start a car
One end of the red jump lead needs to be attached to the flat battery’s positive terminal. Attach the other end of the lead to the positive terminal of the live battery. One end of the black jump lead must be connected to the negative terminal of the live battery. The other end should be attached to unpainted metal at some point on the car that has the flat battery. Make sure it is away from the battery. This will be acting as the earth.
Switch on the working car engine and allow it to run for a few minutes. Attempt to start your car. If you try to start the car a few times and it doesn’t work, you may need to take it to a garage. If the car does start to work, you should leave the cars running for five minutes then disconnect the leads. Hopefully, these steps will help you safely jump start a car.
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Date Published: May 4, 2017
Author: Accident Advice