How to Jump Start a Car

November 19th, 2018 by

Close up of jumper cables attached to a car battery
If your vehicle isn’t starting and you need to be on your way around Lubbock, a jump start may be in order. Follow our quick guide on how to jump start your vehicle created by Brown Automotive Group. Like oil changes and tire rotations, knowing how to jump a car is an important part of owning one. In the event your battery is no longer holding a charge, we can help you replace it at our Amarillo service center.

The Correct Way to Jump Start a Car

You can either call a jump start car service like AAA or secure a set of jumper cables and another vehicle. Once you have the necessities, follow these steps:

  • Park the vehicle with the good battery so that is it facing your car and then make sure it is turned off. Don’t forget to engage the parking brakes for both vehicles.
  • Open both hoods and look for the batteries. There may be plastic hoods covering the battery that you need to remove to expose the terminals.
  • Locate the negative and positive terminals and make sure they’re clean and free of corrosion.
  • Attach the red clamp to the positive (red) post on the dead battery.
  • Uncoiling the battery cable, hook the other red clamp to the positive terminal of the battery with a charge.
  • Attach the black clamp to the negative post on the good battery.
  • Attach the final clamp to an unpainted metal surface on the car’s frame.
  • After everything is securely connected, start the engine of the vehicle with the good battery first, then the one with the dead battery.
  • You may need to wait for some time before the dead battery comes back to life.
  • Avoid turning the key all the way back to off to reduce the risk of flooding the spark plugs.

Additional Battery Tips and Tricks

In the event your car won’t jump start, you may need a replacement battery, or it may be a sign of a more serious problem. Some quick troubleshooting steps include:

  • If you only hear a clicking sound when attempting to start your vehicle, the starter might not be functioning. Schedule service at Brown Automotive Group near Hereford for a replacement.
  • If the engine fails to turn over, but the electrical systems of the car turn on, there are a few possibilities worth checking. The problem could be the ignition switch, battery, starter, or a fuse. It’s worth bringing your vehicle to a service center so they can diagnose the issue.
  • Make sure to keep your vehicle running for a while after getting the jump. That allows the battery to recharge fully after it’s been drained.

Turn to Brown Automotive Group for Your Service Needs

Whether you need help with a new battery or have additional service questions, we can help. At Brown Automotive Group we offer a variety of service specials and are conveniently located just a short drive from Borger. Contact us to set up your appointment today!

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