There are times in winter or summer when you car just won't start. Is it the starter or just the battery? Hopefully all you need is an emergency jump start that may lead to a new battery being installed. Because if it's your starter then a tow is needed to the nearest mechanic to make the appropriate repairs. But if a dead battery is what you have, then a simple fix is all you need. It's situations like this when you need to have jumper cables. Do you carry jumper cables? Do you know how to properly use them. If your broke down on the side of the road will someone stop to help. If they do, you need to know the following when using jumper cables:
How to use jumper cables:
Before trying to jump start the car make sure you have a dead battery. If you turn the key and the car does absolutely nothing, then there's a good chance your car has a dead battery. Please refer to you owners manual on jump-starting a car because it can vary from car to car.
Step 1: Before you begin jump starting your car, you need to check and make sure the batteries are similar in voltage. If not, you may risk damaging your care or the other car that you are using for a jump.
Step 2: You will then need to put the cars as close as possible, but DO NOT have the cars touching one another.
Step 3: With both cars turned off, connect the cables in the following order:
Begin connecting one of the red clamps on the jumper cable to the positive (+) battery post of the "dead" battery.
Then connect the other red clamp on the jumper cable to the positive (+) post of the "good" battery.
Then connect one black clamp on the jumper cable to the negative (-) post of the "good" battery.
Finally carefully connect the other black clamp of the jumper cable to a large metallic part of your car's engine block or frame of your car. You should never never connect it to the negative (-) post of the "dead" battery because this will cause sparks that could ignite battery gases.
Step 4: You will then need to start the car with the "good" battery and run it at idling speed for about 3 -5 minutes,. Then after letting The car run, start the "dead" car. Once your "dead" car has started and is running, you can now disconnect the jumper cables in the reverse order. You will need to let the car idle for 30 minutes or you can drive it around for a little while to recharge the battery.
Step 5: If this fails, you may have to consider a new battery.
If the above steps or the thought of changing out a battery is too much then you need to give the professionals a call. We can take care of your emergency jump and determine if a new battery is what is needed.
Give us a call at 513-466-0086. We can get you back on the road without leaving the comforts of your car.
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