You jump into your car, prepare for your morning commute and when you turn the key to start the ignition – nothing happens. Another attempt – nothing. It looks like you have a dead battery to deal with. Whether you are a new driver or have years of experience under your belt, a dead battery is difficult.
For many, a dead car battery can give you a phone call help along the way company. It is important to note that this can be easily resolved, saving you time and money. With a set of jump ropes and a spare tire, you can be back on the road in minutes. Read on for step-by-step instructions on how to properly use jump ropes if this happens to you.
Step 1: Setup
The first step is to make sure that the car with the dead battery, and the car you are using to jump it, are facing each other. It is also important to make sure that for vehicles with manual transmissions, you stop the vehicle from engaging. For automatics, you’ll want to park the car. Finally, be sure to turn off both vehicles and apply the parking brake.
Step 2: Connecting the Cables
When handling jumper cables, remember that their function is to transfer electricity from one vehicle to another. When one side is connected to the car battery, do not touch anything with the other side except the appropriate target. It is recommended that you wear goggles to protect your eyes from damage. Wiring may seem daunting at first but with a little knowledge, it can be surprisingly easy. Here’s what you need to know:
- When you open the door of any car, you should find the battery boxes. Locations may vary depending on the vehicle’s make and model, so it’s a good idea to refer to your manual.
- Always make sure you can find the positive and negative positions on the battery itself. These are seen as “+” and “-” or red and black colors.
- Make sure you connect the red cable to the positive terminal on the dead battery. Next, connect the other red cable to the positive terminal on the car’s working battery.
- When the red strings are combined, you can go to the black strings. Connect one black cable to the battery of a working car.
- Do not connect the black terminal block to a dead battery. Instead, you will attach it to a nut, bolt, or unpainted metal on the vehicle.
Step 3: Let It Deliver
To start charging a dead battery, you need to start the car. Be sure to let it run for anywhere from 30 seconds to a minute. Keep in mind the age of the dead battery as it may take more than a minute or two for the connection to work properly. Older batteries take longer to charge.
Step 4: Attempting to Activate a Dead Battery
To see if the dead battery has been charged, try starting the car. If it doesn’t work right away, it may take a few minutes to get worse. You may need to try again lightly
revising a working car engine. If that doesn’t work, now is the time to call your roadside assistance company, as they may need to come and help you in person.
Step 5: Fasten the Strings
When reviving a dead car, you will want to turn off both cars and disconnect the cables that were used. Be careful not to touch the metal parts, especially if some are still attached to the car.
Step 6: Drive to Upgrade
At this time, you should be ready twalk slowly to drain your battery. Once the car starts running, the alternator will charge the battery and ensure that it is not die again as soon as you turn it off.
As always, we know that safety should be our top priority. Keeping a
car safety equipment may be useful when supplied with a dead battery. For more information on what to keep in your car safety kit, check out the link below!