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How To Use Jumper Cables On Dead Batteries & Start A Car

Are you in the middle of a road and your car has suddenly stopped? You have somehow understood that the car battery is dead and now you are not able to think the next step that you should take? These are the times when you will be in need of a jumper cable so that you can jumpstart your car battery. But jump starting your car battery is not as easily done as charging your mobile phone using a power bank. You need to have followed some steps that will help you in getting your car started once again.

Looking for an active car

The most important and difficult thing is to look for an active car. There are few people today who stop by at the middle of the road to help others. Try seeking help from the passing by cars and somehow convince one car owner to help you in getting your car getting a jump start. Tell the car owner about what is the issue and the owner may also help you with the steps. If in case you wish to know in details about the procedure; you should have a look at the next steps of the method.

Looking for an active car

Positioning the cars

Now you have to position the two cars in such a way that they are stand facing each other. But in this position also, you need to make sure that the cars do not touch each other in any way. There should be a distance of about 18 inches in between both the cars for safe reasons.

Now open the hoods of both the cars and have a look at the battery. Identify the positive and the negative sockets of the battery. If the battery has got a bit dirty, clean it up with the help of a rag or a brush so that all the sockets and the markings are clearly visible to you.

Positioning the cars

Connect the jumper cables

Now it is the time to take out the jumper cables and connect the two cars using the cables. Before connecting the cable to the cars, it is important to know a few things about the cable. The best jumper cable will have four clamps, two at each ends. The red clamps are the positive clamps while the black clamps are the negative clamps. Whenever you are connecting the cable to the cars, make sure that the clamps should not touch each other.

Connect the jumper cables

Start by connecting the cable clamps to the working battery first. Here you need to attach one of the red colored clamps of the cable to the battery terminal where you will get a positive (+) sign. Now, again do the same thing while attaching the other red colored clamp to the dead battery.

After connecting the positive terminals, it is the time for the black colored clamps to be connected to both the cars. Take one of the black colored cable clamps and attach it to the working battery terminal which has a negative (-) symbol. But here you do not have to do the same thing for the dead battery too.

Connect the black clamp to dead battery

While one of the black colored cable clamps has been connected to the negative socket of the working battery, you need to connect the other black clamp also. But this clamp is not connected to the negative socket of the dead battery. Instead, it is attached to a metal clasp that you will find on the top of the engine. It will be easy to recognize because it is not painted normally.

Connect the black clamp to dead battery

Starting the dead car

When you have arranged with the cables connected to both the cars, it is the time to start the procedure of jump starting the dead car battery. To do so, start the ignition of the car with the good battery. Leave for a few minutes and also reverse the good battery car’s engine for a couple of times. This will help the dead battery to get some more electricity. After some time, now try starting the car with the dead battery.

It may take a few chances to start the car but if it is not starting, provide some more time and then try again.

Remove the cables

After you notice that the dead battery is now active, you can remove the jumper cables from both the cars. Removing the cables should not be done randomly, but should be done carefully following the proper series. You need to first remove the black colored clamp of the jumper cable, first from the dead battery and then the working battery. Similarly, after removing the black colored clamp, remove the red colored clamps from the dead battery first and then from the good battery. While removing the clamps, care has to be taken that no clamps should touch each other.

Take a short trip

After removing the cables, put them inside your car securely and take a short trip of say 30 minutes in your car. This will help in revitalizing the battery. The running of the car engine will help the battery to get revitalized and hence to ensure that you reach your destination soon. If there is no problem in first few minutes then, you may not have problem for next few hours and hence you will be able to reach a safe place where you can get a mechanic to check your car.

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Some things to know about

To jump start a car is the last option that you should have. It only happens when your car battery is not in good condition. Ideally, a car battery should not have problem in the initially 4-6 years but after that it may start showing signs of getting dead for which you may have to get helps for jump starting your car battery. So, it is better to get a new car battery after a time of about 6 years or have a check with the mechanic to know the condition of your car battery.

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