How to Jump Start your Car
No matter what kind of car you drive, there may come a time when you need to jump start your car or somebody else's car.
Learning how to jump start a car is fairly simple as long as you follow several important safety instructions.
What you'll NEED to jump start a car:
Caution! If your car battery is cracked or visibly leaking, DO NO JUMP START your battery! There is a possibility of an explosion.
Read your owner's manual, as it will describe any peculiarities involved in jump-starting your vehicle.
Pull a car with a charged battery next to the car with the dead battery, situating the two batteries as close together as you can without allowing the two cars to touch.
Turn off both engines, put both cars in neutral (or park in an Automatic), engage the handbrakes and open the bonnets.
Attach a red-handled/positive jumper cable clamp to the positive terminal (the one with the plus sign) of the charged (good) battery.
Connect the other red-handled clamp to the positive terminal of the dead battery.
Attach the neighbouring black/negative cable to the car with the dead battery. Clamp it somewhere where the current can ground out, such as a bolt or bracket on the engine. You can also attach it to any metal, unpainted part of the vehicle's frame.
Ground the other black/negative cable on the charging car, as described in the previous step. Be careful, as a small spark may be produced.
Start the car with the good battery and then try and start the car that has the dead battery.
Once the dead car is running, remove the clamps one at a time in reverse order.
Allow the jump-started car to run for 15 minutes in order to charge the battery.
It will charge whether driving or idling.
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