Have you ever come out of the store or after a long day at work only to find that your car won’t start? There are many reasons this can happen but one major one is a dead battery. This can be an extreme inconvenience and can set you back on your daily schedule. If you have plans or appointments to get to, this is the last thing that you want to be dealing with. The best way to get your car back running and back on the road is to jumpstart the battery. This is a process that is best left to a professional that offers some kind of roadside assistance so that there is no damage done in the process. There is a lot that you really need to know about jumpstarting a car and what tools you should have available.
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You Need Two Cars: One of the first things that you are going to need is another car that is running. You will have to wait for someone you know to show up to help you or you have to flag down a stranger to ask for help getting your car jumped. You will then need to get the second running car into position so that the side with the battery is near the side that your battery is on. Lift each cars hood and then you are ready for the next step.
Jumpstart Tools: The jumpstart is only going to work if you have the right tools for the job. You need to have a set of jumper cables that will have four claw like clips, two on each side. These are the parts of the cables that will help send power from the good battery to your battery that is dead. If you don’t have these tools you will have to hold out hope that whoever is there to help has them for you to use.
Attach the Jumper Cables: If you were lucky enough to find some jumper cables and a willing person with a running car you are ready to set up the cables. Attaching the cables is an important step. If the cables are not done correctly you could cause damage to your own car as well as the person helping you. Each side of the cable has two different colored claw clips. These clips needs to be attached to the terminal on the battery. There is a positive and a negative side so you need to be sure that it is the same on each car. Be sure that the clips do not touch each other during this process.
Start The Car & Drive: The last step if you were able to get this far is to start the car that was dead. Once you are able to get the car started you need to keep it running and allow your battery to charge up and retain it so when you turn it off you are able to start the car again.