The Proper Way to Jump-Start a Car

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No one is happy when their car doesn’t start in Morgantown, however, learning how to jump-start a car is a quick and easy process, and it’s something every Fairmont driver should know. Follow this guide by University Toyota to learn how to jump-start your car battery and some of the reasons why your car won’t jump-start if it fails. If you have questions at any point or if you need a jump-start car service, contact University Toyota!

How to Jump-Start a Car

Before you begin, you need to make sure you have the right tools. Buy or borrow a set of jumper cables and ask a friend or family member to bring over their vehicle. Once you have the jumper cables and another working car, follow the steps below:

  1. Park the car with the good battery so it’s facing the front of the car with the bad battery. Ensure that both cars are in park before you begin.
  2. Open the hoods to both cars and locate the batteries, remove any plastic covers or caps that are on the battery terminals.
  3. Find the positive ( + ) and negative ( – ) terminals on the batteries.
  4. Take the red clamp and connect it to the positive ( + ) post on the dead battery.
  5. Hook the other red clamp to the positive ( + ) terminal on the good battery.
  6. Take the black clamp and connect it to the negative ( – ) post on the good battery.
  7. Connect the final clamp to an unpainted metal surface on the dead car’s frame.
  8. Check that your connections are secure and start the engine of the vehicle with the good battery, then start the engine of the vehicle with the bad battery.
  9. With the formerly dead vehicle started, remove the jumper cables in the reverse order that they were placed on.
  10. Allow the newly-started vehicle to run for at least ten minutes so the battery can recharge. Congratulations! You now know how to properly jump-start a car.

Battery Tips if Your Car Won’t Jump-Start

If your car won’t jump-start or it dies right away after you let it charge, you may need a battery replacement. Before you spend money on a new battery though, troubleshoot the issue to make sure it’s not a more serious problem:

  1. When you try to start your car you only hear a clicking sound: This could mean your starter is not functioning. You’ll need to have it replaced or order the part and replace it yourself at your Fairmont home.
  2. The electrical systems (like the radio and light) turn on but the car doesn’t turn over: This could be the ignition switch, the battery, the starter, or even a fuse. To help you narrow down the issue bring your car to your local Kingwood service center to diagnose the problem.
  3. Your car needs to be jumped frequently even after allowing the battery to charge, or the lights brighten and dim sporadically: Most likely you need a new battery, but it could also be a failing alternator. Schedule service with University Toyota to make sure your alternator is in good shape.

Have Your Battery Checked at University Toyota

If you need a new battery or if you want to have your battery inspected, count on the service team at University Toyota! You can get a new battery from our battery service and get discounts on new parts and regular car maintenance. You can even learn how to save fuel while you drive and how often you should rotate your tires with University Toyota! Whatever your vehicle needs are, University Toyota is here to help! Visit our service center near Deep Creek, MD today!

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