Stopped in your tracks
You never know when you might need a jump start – whether it be from the bone-chilling cold of winter that can sap your battery’s starting power to leaving your lights on during a concert that drains your battery completely. Knowing how to get your vehicle running again is a valuable skill that will get you back on the road in no time. Read on for step-by-step instructions on how to safely jump a car.
Options for jump starting your car
When it comes to jump starting a car, you have a couple of options. You can use a portable jump starter or have another motorist assist you by charging your battery with their running vehicle and jumper cables.
If you don’t have room to keep a portable jump starter in your vehicle, you’ll want to make sure that you have jumper cables as part of your emergency road kit. Then you will need to call and wait for another driver and car to give you a jump. Follow these steps to get your car running again.
Jump starting your vehicle with jumper cables
On the car that won’t start, connect the positive (red) cable to the positive terminal on the battery.
If you have to get a jump, it could be an indication that there is an issue with your battery. Have your battery checked out – it might be time for a new one.
If you have an electric vehicle like the Chevrolet Volt or Nissan Leaf, you shouldn’t jump another vehicle with jumper cables – it may cause damage.
The content contained in this article is for informational purposes only and should not be used in lieu of seeking professional advice from a certified technician or mechanic. We encourage you to consult with a certified technician or mechanic if you have specific questions or concerns relating to any of the topics covered herein.
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