There are many reasons for batteries going flat. For instance, it could be that you neglect to turn off the lights when you get out of the car, or it could just be that the battery is quite old. Regardless, when your battery dies you’ll have to jump start it in order to get the vehicle running again.
In this article, we’ll give you simple instructions on how to do it:
Determine That the Problem Is With the Battery
There are a few ways to do this. For instance, you can check whether the headlights are as bright as usual. If they’re dim, then it’s very likely you’ve got a battery problem. You should also check whether the interior lights and GPS work properly or if they power on at all. Sometimes, even with a low battery the dashboard will light up and your stereo will emit sound (albeit at a lower volume).
Find the Battery
If you’ve determined that the battery is indeed the problem, then proceed to open the hood and locate the battery. Typically, the battery should located near the front or to the side. In certain cars, the battery is lodged between the car’s passenger compartment and engine. If it’s not visible outright, the best thing to do is check the manual.
Move the Working Car Nearer
The typically way to jump start a car is to draw power from another car’s battery. This isn’t necessary if you’ve got a handy piece of equipment like the NOCO GENIUS Boost which deals out 7000 joules of power.
If you have to do it the traditionally way, park the working car as close as possible to the dead one without touching it. Make sure all electrical components are turned off in both cars.
Connect the Jumper Cables
Before you connect the jumper cables, you must untangle them in order to prevent them from touching each other. Otherwise, it may cause serious damage to both cars.
Once you’re ready, connect the cables in the following configuration:
- First red clamp to the flat battery’s positive terminal.
- Second red clamp to the functioning battery’s positive terminal.
- First black clamp to the flat battery’s negative terminal.
- Second black clamp to a piece of grounded metal on the disabled car. Typically look for shiny metal components and avoided ones that are painted.
Make sure none of the cables are dangling into the engine compartment, where they could be exposed to moving parts.
Start Up the Functioning Car
Start up the car and let it sit for a few minutes. You may rev the engine a bit for a minute or less in order to output more power to the disabled car. However, take care not to the race the engine.
Start the Dead Car
If the car does not start at first, proceed to shut off the engine and remove the last connection you made. Try twisting the four clamps slightly to help make sure that they’re properly connected. Afterwards restore the removed connection and try again after five minutes. If your car still doesn’t start up then you’ll have to have the battery replaced entirely.
If it does work, then remove the connections in the reverse order than you put them in.
And that’s pretty much all there is to jump starting a car!