Jumpstarting Your Car: The Basic Steps

Getting a dead battery is bound to happen sooner or later, and it can be extremely frustrating – not to mention dangerous. We’ve put together a list of tips on jumpstarting your car to help you out of this tricky situation.

According to wikiHow, you should always have a quality pair of jumper cables in your car. These should be thick, colored, well-stored, and capable of reaching around 20 ft or more. Make sure they’re not corroded, either.

The first step is to determine that the battery is actually the problem. If your lights or dash are dimmer than usual or if the car cranks slowly or clicks, it’s probably a dead battery. If you notice the car is cranking normally or that your vehicle is leaking fluid, it’s probably not the battery.

After determining the battery is indeed the problem, locate it under your hood. Have the jumper car pull up near you, with its hood open. DO NOT let the vehicles touch, as this can create a dangerous arc of electricity.

Follow these steps:

  • Connect the red clamp to the positive (+) terminal of the dead battery.
  • Connect the other red clamp to the positive terminal on the jumper car.
  • Connect the black clamp to the negative terminal (-) on the jumper car.
  • Connect the other black clamp to a piece of grounded metal on the dead car. This should be a shiny piece of metal like a bolt. It’s not uncommon to see a small spark when the ground is connected.
  • Make sure no cables are in the way of moving parts.
  • Start the jumper car; let it run for 60 seconds.
  • Start the dead vehicle. If it doesn’t work, let it charge longer and consider reconnecting the cables.
  • If successful, remove clamps in the reverse order you put them on, starting with the grounded clamp and then moving to the negative terminal, etc.
  • Let the (previously) dead car charge for at least 20 minutes.

Remember to be safe and avoid touching cables or moving parts. Contact Bakersfield Mazda‘s service department if you need any help!

Below is a video that will help further simplify the process for you.

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