How to Jump a Car Battery
Most drivers will experience it at least once: You slide into your car, turn the key or press that push-button start, and find that your car won’t start. The most common culprit is a dead battery, which can occur for a variety of reasons—some of which we’ll cover below.
First, we at Boardwalk Acura want to show Egg Harbor, Atlantic City, and Vineland drivers how to jump a car battery. It’s an essential skill and a straightforward one, and we want you to be prepared whenever and wherever you need to do it. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us!
Jump-Starting a Car Battery 101: The Setup
All you’ll need to jump-start your car are a pair of jumper cables and some good Samaritan’s vehicle. First, you’ll want to place both vehicles in Park and shut off the ignition. Then, with your jumper cables, attach one of the red clips to the positive terminal of your battery. Attach the other red clip to the same terminal of the other car.
Next, attach one of the black clips to the negative terminal on the other car. Finally, attach the last black clip to an unpainted metal surface on your car—one that isn’t near the battery. Make sure you do it all in the right order, and you’ll be ready to jump your car.
How Do I Jump-Start My Car?
This is the easy part. Now that you have the jumper cables in place, you can start the other vehicle and let its engine run for a few minutes. Then, try to start your car. If it doesn’t start, make sure all the cables are properly connected (see above) and try running the other car for an additional five minutes or so.
Then, try starting your car again. If it still won’t start, it may be time for you to get a new car battery. On the other hand, if you do manage to start your car, don’t shut the engine off just yet! You should drive around for at least 15 minutes to recharge your battery, so it’ll be ready to run the next time you need it.
Why Did My Car Battery Die?
Once your car is up and running, it’s time to address another problem: Why did your car battery die in the first place? Understanding why can help you avoid the same thing happening again down the road. Here are some common causes:
- Old Battery. Most batteries need to be replaced every four or five years, and old batteries struggle to hold a full charge.
- Leaving Headlights On. If you do this overnight or while at work, your battery will likely be drained when you get back in the car.
- Parasitic Drain. Some car systems (like your clock) still run when the engine isn’t by design. However, other systems (trunk/glove box lights) may stay on when they shouldn’t, causing significant drain to your battery.
Schedule Battery Service Today!
Now that you know how to jump a car battery, you’ll be prepared to bring your battery back to life when necessary.
If you live near Egg Harbor, Atlantic City, or Vineland and you need a battery test or replacement, feel free to schedule service at Boardwalk Acura. We’ll make sure your battery is fully charged for the road ahead!