How to Jump Start a Car

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Have you worried about your car battery dying while you’re out on the road in Royse City? If so, you’re not alone! It can be overwhelming to take on jump start car service, especially if you are running late to where you need to go. Even if they’ve seen it done before, many drivers feel unprepared to actually jump start a car battery themselves.

Dealing with 12+ volts of electricity can be dangerous, so it’s important to know the proper way to jump start a car battery. In the guide below, we’ll show you step-by-step how to properly jump start a car battery, and what to do if your car won’t jump start. Questions? Don’t hesitate to contact us at Nissan of Greenville for more info about jump starts and other DIY service tips.

How to Properly Jump Start a Car Battery

The first step to learn how to properly jump start a car battery is gathering your tools. You need jumper cables and access to another car’s battery. A jump start involves connecting your dead battery to another car’s good battery with the jumper cables and then starting the engine so that power from the good battery flows to the dead battery. Here’s the proper way to jump start a car:

  1. Park the other car so that it’s facing yours.
  2. Make sure both vehicles are in Park or Neutral with the parking brake engaged.
  3. Make sure both keys are turned to the Lock (first) ignition position.
  4. On both cars, open the hood and locate the battery. The battery may be covered by a plastic hood, which you’ll need to lift off first to access the battery terminals.
  5. Identify the positive and negative battery terminals, which should be marked with “+” and “-” signs. Check that the terminals are clean and free of corrosion.
  6. Pick up the red jumper cable.
  7. Connect one end to the dead battery’s positive terminal.
  8. Connect the other end to the good battery’s positive terminal.
  9. Now pick up the black cable.
  10. Connect one end to the good battery’s negative terminal.
  11. Take the other end of the black cable and clamp it onto an unpainted metal surface on your car’s frame, away from the battery.
  12. After checking once more that all 4 clamps are secure, start the engine of the other car and allow it to run for about 5 minutes. Leave your car alone for now.
  13. Now try starting your engine. If your car starts, the jump start was a success!
  14. But don’t turn the engine back off right away — drive the car around for at least 15 minutes before you turn off the engine again. This will help to fully recharge the battery.

Jump Start Car Service Near Greenville

What happens if your battery dies but you don’t have jump start cables, can’t find another vehicle, or your attempt to jump start a car battery just doesn’t work? Even if you know the proper way to jump start a car, the other car’s battery may not supply enough power for a jump. In that event, your best option is to call a jump start service near Rockwall and tell them your car won’t jump start. Jump start services provide you with direct access to 24-hour vehicle assistance. Because just start car services bypass central dispatch service, help can arrive in as little as 30 minutes.

Rely on Nissan of Greenville for Top-Notch Service in Greenville

Car won’t jump start? Not to worry, our team is here to help you keep your vehicle running smoothly. If jump start car service can’t salvage your battery, it’s time for a battery replacement. Schedule service at Nissan of Greenville so that our expert technicians can get you back on the road in Commerce ASAP. If you have auto maintenance experience, you can purchase a new battery from our online parts store, and contact our service center about how to remove and replace your car battery at home.

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