Winter is just around the corner. That means it's time to get your vehicle prepared for cold weather. Low temperatures can be especially hard on your vehicle's battery, making it difficult to start your engine. In certain conditions, your car may be unable to start at all. You have a dead battery on your hands.
If you do find yourself in a situation where your car won't start, you can jump start your vehicle with a pair of jumper cables and a second vehicle. Jump starting a car is easy to do. Just follow these five easy steps to get your vehicle running again.
1. Park & Prep
Begin by parking the cars close to one another. Make sure they aren't touching and that both vehicles are turned completely off. Pop the hood on each car and locate the batteries. Also, be sure that your jumper cables are unwound and untangled.
Connect the red (+) clamp to the positive terminal of the dead battery. Then, attach the other red (+) clamp to the positive terminal of the working battery. Connect the black (-) clamp to the negative terminal of the working battery. Finally, attach the remaining black (-) clamp to any unpainted metal surface of the dead car.
3. Start 'er Up
First, start the working car. Next, start the dead car. Be aware that it might take a few tries for the dead car’s engine to turn over.
Remove the cables in the reverse order of how you attached them. Start by removing the black (-) clamp from the metal surface of the dead car, then remove the black (-) clamp from the negative terminal of the battery. After that, remove the red (+) clamp from the positive terminal of the working battery and finish by removing the remaining red (+) clamp from the positive terminal of the dead battery.
5. Let 'er Run
Let the revived car engine run for a minimum of several minutes, or drive for at least 15 minutes in order to recharge the battery.
And that's all there is to it. Remember to keep jumper cables on hand for emergencies. Or, consider investing in a jump pack for those times when another driver might not be available.
If you think there might be something wrong with your battery, Batteries Plus Bulbs can test it for you for free. Plus, if you find yourself in need of a replacement, we can help you with that too. To find a Batteries Plus Bulbs in your area, be sure to visit our handy store locator.