How to Jump a Car Battery
If you own or drive a car, you know that there’s a chance that it won’t start. There are a variety of reasons why a vehicle won’t start. A problem with the battery is one of the most common reasons and, luckily, one of the easiest to fix.
We at Pat Peck Nissan want to help our customers in Gulfport, Pascagoula, and Waveland any way we can. So, we’ve put together this helpful guide to jumping your car battery. Read ahead to learn more!
Jump starting a car battery can be done easily if you follow the steps exactly. Below, you’ll find detailed instructions that will help you jump your battery:
- Find someone with a working vehicle as well as usable jumper cables.
- Park the other person’s vehicle close enough to your vehicle so that the jumper cables reach without stretching.
- Be sure that both vehicle hoods are securely open.
- Locate the positive (“+”) and negative (“-“) ends of both batteries.
- Connect one end of the red jumper cable with the positive side of the dead battery.
- Connect the other end of this red cable to the working vehicle’s battery’s positive side.
- Connect one end of the black jumper cable to the positive side of the dead battery.
- Connect the other end of this black jumper cable to an unpainted patch of metal on the vehicle with the dead battery.
- Get in the car with the working battery, start it up, and let it run for a minute.
- Get into the car with the dead battery, insert the key into the ignition, and attempt to start the vehicle. Be sure to hold the key back a little longer than normal.
If you follow these steps, your car battery will come back to life! Once you get back on the road, you’ll still want to schedule a service appointment to get your battery looked at just to be safe, though.
What If Jumping Doesn’t Work?
If you follow all the above steps correctly and in the right order and your battery remains lifeless, it could mean that there’s something bigger going on.
Do a visual inspection of your battery and the surrounding wires to see if there’s anything built up on it or if any of the parts are corroding. It’s possible that, if there is build-up, it could just be blocking the connection. Brush it off and try again.
If you do and the jump still doesn’t work, it’s time to call a professional. If you’re battery needs replacing, we even offer battery specials!
Need Some Help with Your Battery?
We hope this guide gave you all the information you needed to jump your car battery! However, if your battery is still dead after using our easy instructions, we at Pat Peck Nissan can help.
Drivers in Gulfport, Pascagoula, and Waveland can count on us to help you with problems of all kinds including dead batteries. Give us a call today for help or more information about your car battery!