How to Jump Start a Car

Jumper cables and wires

Learning how to jump start a car can be a lifesaver when your vehicle suddenly refuses to fire up. Of course, it’s not something every Denver driver knows how to do, so we’ve put together this quick guide covering everything you need to know. Simply contact our service center for some advice, or feel free to read on to find out how to properly jump start a car.

What’s the Proper Way to Jump Start a Car?

Stuck in Lakewood with a vehicle that won’t start? Firstly, make sure you have a set of jumper cables, safety gloves, and a working vehicle. Then simply follow these steps:

  1. Park the vehicle with the good battery so it’s facing your vehicle, then turn it off and ensure parking brakes on both vehicles are engaged.
  2. Put on your safety gloves, then open the hoods and find the batteries. Sometimes a plastic hood will need to be removed to expose the battery terminals.
  3. Identify positive and negative terminals by the correct – and + symbols, ensuring they’re free of corrosion.
  4. Connect the red clamp of a jumper cable to the dead battery’s positive post, then uncoil the cable and hook the other red clamp to the positive terminal of the working vehicle’s battery.
  5. Connect the black clamp to the good battery’s negative post, then connect the final clamp to an unpainted metal surface on your car’s frame.
  6. You can now start the engine of the working vehicle, followed by the one with the dead battery. This should provide the jump-start you need.
  7. Finish by carefully removing the jumper cables in reverse order of their initial placement, then shut off the car with the good battery.
  8. Make sure you keep the engine running on your restarted vehicle for at least 10 minutes to check it’s not going to die again.

If your car won’t jump start, you probably need to have the battery replaced. However, you may be looking at a more serious problem, so it’s best to visit a service center for further jump start car battery advice.

Let the Service Team Here in Golden Take Care of Your Vehicle

The team of expert technicians here at Planet Hyundai will always be happy to provide the servicing tips and tricks you need to keep your vehicle running in good condition for years to come. For any further information or assistance, feel free to contact us today.

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