How To Jump Start A Car
Preparation for Jump Starting a Car With a Dead Battery
- Line both cars up so the batteries are as close as can be. Make sure the cars are in park, and both cars are turned off and not touching each other before you connect the cables. Actually one of them is already off, or you wouldn't be in this predicament right?
- Make sure all headlights, blinkers, car radios and A/C's are off. Unplug all accessories from cigarette lighters and power sockets from both cars.
- Familiarize yourself with the Positive (+) and Negative (-) terminals of both car batteries. All batteries are clearly marked. Wipe off any corrosion.
- If the battery is cracked and liquid is leaking out, DO NOT go further! Buy a new battery and swap it out. If you try to jumpstart a battery that is cracked, it may explode.
- Clean off any corrosion around the dead battery terminals. If you have tools, loosen the wires from the terminals, clean them off, then re-tighten the wires to the clean posts. If you have a file handy, try to file the metal battery posts until they are nice and shiny. In a pinch use pliers to clamp down and scrape off the corrosion.
- Usually the positive battery cable is red or orange and the Negative (-) or ground cable is black. Always check to be sure.
Connecting The Car Battery Jumper Cables
The cables must be connected in this exact order listed below. Wear eye protection! Click on the thumbnail pictures for a larger view.