It's something all drivers fear, you are late for work, and your car won't start. You sit down on the driver's seat, turn the ignition, and you hear something is wrong. Your car does not start. Your battery is dead, and you need a jumpstart. You realize you missed all the signs of a fading battery. Or maybe you just realized you left the lights on. Either way, do you know what to do?
First Thing To Do
Make sure you indeed need a jumpstart. Study the noise your car makes when you try to start. Do you hear rapid clicking? Do your lights or electricals like radio fade or stop working? For some vehicles, you will not hear anything as you try ignition.
Locate your battery and check its condition. If you see cracks, lines, or any damage, do not try to jumpstart it. If you see little corrosion on the terminals, clean it first and try again. You may just have loose or little contact. If it is not damaged, and you still can't start your car, then you may proceed with a jumpstart.
Prepare The Cars
Park the second car as close to the disabled car as possible without each car touching each other. Make sure the cables are long enough for this distance. Turn off all cars and remove the keys. Open the hood and locate the batteries.
Ensure you connect the cables in the following order.
Make sure the wires do not dangle, hit any part of the car, or let the clamps touch each other. This is especially true if some clamps are already in place as they will be live wires.
Once the set-up is complete, start the engine of the good car and let it idle for a few minutes. Then rev it above idle for 30-60 seconds. While doing this, you may now try to start the disabled car. The disabled car should start after a few attempts, if not, then there may be a more significant issue.
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