There are many instances where you find your car isn’t starting after standing for long in a parking space or on road. It feels worse when you walk out to your car after a long day of work only to know that your car’s battery is dead. It could be because you left any of the interior lights on, forgot to switch off your audio or your car’s battery life has simply ended. It’s difficult to know the lifeline of your car batteries without any specific indication until it’s too late, and the car just won’t start.
Set of Jumper Cables: Own it
If you don’t hear anything after turning the keys, for sure the battery is dead. Ensure that you don’t hear the engine cranking, otherwise the problem is something else.
Whether you own a new or old car, having a set of working jumper cables is a must. Although, any set it better than owning none, however, when you really need them, it is better to buy a new set of jumper cables with four to six gauge and at least 20 feet or six meters in length. The extra length is useful in connecting the batteries easily if you can’t put the two cars directly next to each other. Also ensure to buy thick cable jumpers with heavy clamps as they are more durable and long-lasting. You can find jumper cables in auto accessories stores, gas stations and nowadays also online.
It’s time for the jump
Jump starting process may vary depending on your car’s make and model. The complete information or details can be found in the car owner’s manual. If jumping the car yourself seems to be a difficult task it is better to sign up for roadside assistance and wait for the help to arrive, however, I recommend you to do this on your own with a little bit of care and effort following the below steps. It may seem a bit risky but once you get a hand of it, it becomes much easier with time and cost-saving.
- Make sure you have a company of a car with good or working battery which should be parked close enough to your car so that the cables are within the reach from the battery of one car to the battery of the other car. Close the engines of both the cars and open the hoods to locate their batteries. Make sure to remove the plastic hoods if the battery(s) are covered.
- Identify the positive (+) and negative (-) battery posts. The positive post is usually red and negative post is black but not always, alternatively look for the plus (+) or minus (-) sign to identify the post’s polarity. Similarly, a set of jumper cables will have two thick cables in red and black colors to easily match and attach to the relevant battery clamps. Never attach the red cable to the black battery clamp. Next, identify a metal portion within the dead battery vehicle which should be used for attaching the black cable.
- Now attach one side of the red clamp to the positive post of the dead battery car and other side of the red clamp to the positive post of the working or good battery car. For black clamp, attach one side to the negative post of the working or good battery car and other side to the identified metal portion of the dead battery car. Ensure not to connect the negative post of dead battery car as it may cause sparking leading to ignite battery gases. This is the last connection on both the vehicles.
- First, start the car with a working or good battery. After the break of a couple of minutes try to start the car with dead battery. If the car doesn’t start wait for another 1-2 minutes and try to re-start. Now, if the car starts then firstly remove the black clamp from the metal portion of a dead battery car and then remove the black clamp from the working battery car. Next, remove the red clamp from the working battery car and then remove the red clamp from the dead battery car.
Test your car
Once your car has started and is running again, make sure it remains active at least for half an hour either standing idle or take a test drive to recharge the battery. After that, it is advisable to visit the nearby garage or auto part store to check your battery tested. The professional guys will check and advise on battery replacement if required and also test the voltage. This is to ensure that you don’t have to go through the whole thing all over again the next time when you start your car.
You can always keep your car charged
Keeping a set of jumper cables in your car is a must nowadays where you need your car to be running every day without any issues. Jumper cables aren’t too costly, it will keep your mind relaxed as and when you face a situation of charging the dead battery and will also save your valuable time. It’s very important to handle the cables properly, so follow each and every step mentioned above precisely and accurately to keep your car always charged.
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