How to Jump-Start Another Car

You may want to invest in a set of jumper cables to keep in the trunk of your car with the rest of your emergency kit. They are easy to store and an inexpensive insurance policy. Jumper cables may take a little getting used to, but with practice, they’re straightforward. The first thing to realize is that each end of the cable has one positive/red clamp and one negative/black clamp. The next thing to be aware of is that once you’ve started connecting them to a battery, you should be careful about letting the other cables touch a metal surface.

Begin with the dead battery by connecting the positive cable to the battery terminal with the plus sign. Then connect the negative cable to the terminal with the minus sign. Repeat the steps on the good battery. Once they’re connected, let them charge for a couple of minutes. Rev the engine and go ahead and try to start the dead battery. It should fire within a couple of tries. If it’s taking more than a few, it’s recommended to stop and have your vehicle serviced.

We are at Reed Jeep Chrysler Dodge Ram in Overland Park to assist you with your battery charging needs or any car maintenance question you may have. Don’t hesitate to stop in to our service center and speak with a knowledgeable service member.

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