Learning How to Safely Jump Start Another Car

Here’s a simple guide to jump start a dead battery in a car:

  • Line up two cars with the battery compartments as close as possible.
  • Attach the jumper cables in the following sequence. Positive cable to positive on dead battery, then to good battery.
  • Negative cable to negative on dead battery, then negative to the metal frame of the car with good battery.
  • Turn over the engine and leave it revving for around two minutes or more.
  • Try to start the car with the dead battery. If it doesn't start on the first try, keep trying, it might take three or four attempts.
  • Once started, begin to carefully remove the cables in the opposite order that they were placed on the batteries. Now that the car is running, get it serviced so it doesn't fail again.

Bring your vehicle to our service center here at Chilson-Wilcox and let our technician run some tests on your car battery.

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