Knowing how to jumpstart a car is very important especially if you ever encounter a flat battery in an automatic car. In this article, you will learn how to jumpstart your car step by step.
Jumpstart with another car
The most common method to jumpstart a car is with the help of another car.
In order to begin, you must make sure that you have a set of jumper cables and another car with a good and healthy battery of the same voltage.
Steps to follow:
- Park and shut off the ignition in both the cars and make sure that the batteries are within reach of the jumper cables.
- Connect the red jumper cable to the positive (+) terminal of your flat battery.
- Attach the other side of the red jumper cable to the positive (+) terminal of the working battery.
- Connect the black jumper cable to the working battery’s negative (-) terminal.
- Attach the other side of the black jumper cable to an unpainted metal surface such as bolts on the engine block or the chassis of the car with the dead battery.
- Start the working car for a few minutes and to allow a stronger output, you can get the driver to rev up the engine to 3000 rpm.
- Inspect your jumper cable after everything is done. If the cables are warm or even hot, it indicates that the cables are probably broken and in poor quality. You should not use them again and replace them as soon as possible.
Jumpstart with a portable jump starter
Purchasing a portable just starter might be a good idea, in case you got stranded on the side of the road with no cars to help.
Steps to follow:
- Connect the provided jumper cables to the portable jumper starter.
- Attach the red jumper cable to the positive (+) terminal of your flat battery.
- Attach the black jumper cable to the working battery’s negative (-) terminal.
- Turn the car on.
- If the car did not turn on within 5 seconds, stop cranking and wait for 2-3 more minutes.
- After the engine starts, turn off the jump starter.
- Start by removing the black clamp followed by the red clam
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