At some point in your life, your battery will die, or you might accidentally leave the lights on. In these cases, you will need to rely on a set of jumper cables to start your car. If you don't know how or where to start, you've come to the right place. Here's our ultimate guide on how to jump-start a vehicle.
- You're going to need a working vehicle to assist you. Make sure both cars are parked with the engine off -- Pop open the hood and locate the batteries.
- Start with the RED POSITIVE JUMPER CABLES and place one of the clamps on the positive terminal on the working battery. Then place the other red clamp on the positive terminal on the dead one.
- Now, take the BLACK NEGATIVE JUMPER CABLES and attach one of them to the negative terminals on the good or donor battery. **Do NOT attach the other black clamp to the dead battery
- Fasten the other black clamp onto any piece of unpainted metal, preferably away from the battery as possible.
- Start the vehicle on the donor car and let it idle to recharge the dead battery.
- Once some time has passed, try starting the car with the dead battery. Then, let it idle for a little bit.
- Remove the cables in REVERSE order. Close the hoods and stow away the cables.
Not so bad and intimidating, right? Once you walk through this process once, it will be a breeze every time after that. If jump-starting your car isn't successful, or you're relying on your cables too often, you may need to replace your battery altogether.
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