How to Properly Jump-Start a Car

car battery with jumper cable in engine room

If you’re like many of us here at Westpointe Chrysler Jeep Dodge in Yukon, it can get all-too-easy to neglect routine vehicle maintenance. With busy commutes from Mustang to %target_city_3%%, to daily activities and longer-term projects to contend with, things like battery maintenance can sometimes take a back seat to other priorities. And this can, unfortunately, lead to you experiencing a dead car battery.

While we always recommend bringing your car to our service center for regular maintenance to avoid this, sometimes, it’s unavoidable. Sometimes, internal car issues out of your control are at play. Regardless, if you’re dealing with a dead battery we’re here to help! Follow our service tips on how to jump-start a car battery or figuring out if a malfunctioning alternator could be your issue so you can avoid spending money on a jump-start car service or a tow-truck.

What to Do When Your Car Won’t Jump Start

Whether you’ve tried jumping your vehicle and it wouldn’t start, or you’re trying for the first time, follow these steps to get your car started. If you try several times to no avail, we recommend calling a jump-start car service like AAA, or better yet, contacting us for additional jump-starting your car’s battery. In the meantime, to DIY jump your car, you’ll need a vehicle with a full battery, jumper cables, and a second person. Then, you’ll want to do the following:

  1. Have the two vehicles facing each other (assuming the battery is in the engine of both vehicles). Then, turn them both off, and engage their parking brakes.
  2. Locate the batteries in both vehicles and expose the terminals, which may require removing a battery cover. In some vehicles, the battery is in the trunk. Check your owner’s manual or call us for help locating your battery.
  3. Find the positive and negative terminals of your battery. Clean them and remove corrosion, if necessary.
  4. Keep the jumper cables separate. Don’t touch red to black on either end for safety reasons! Then, hook up the red clamp to the positive (red) post on the dead battery.
  5. Stretch out the jumper cables, making sure the ends don’t touch. Then, hook the other red clamp to the positive terminal of the battery with the charge.
  6. Connect the black clamp to the negative post on the charged battery.
  7. For the remaining negative clamp, connect it to an unpainted, grounded metal surface in the uncharged vehicle’s frame.
  8. Start the vehicle’s engines, beginning with the charged vehicle, and then the vehicle with the dead battery. If the dead vehicle fails to start, let the charged vehicle transfer power through the cables for a few minutes. If it fails, wait a bit longer, and repeat.
  9. Once your car has successfully been jumped, remove the cables opposite of the way you put them on, but keep the motor running on the restarted vehicle for at least 10 minutes. Consult your owner’s manual with additional questions, or simply head to our service center for immediate attention.

More Battery Tips and Tricks

Still having issues with a car that won’t jump start? Try following these steps to troubleshoot the issue:

  1. When you attempt to start your car, do you just hear a clicking sound? If so, your vehicle’s starter might not be working properly. In that case, schedule service at Westpointe Chrysler Jeep Dodge near Oklahoma City for a replacement.
  2. If your car’s electrical system is working but it still won’t start, there are several things that could be wrong, from the battery itself to the starter to a fuse. It’s worth taking your vehicle to a dedicated Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram service center for additional diagnostics.
  3. Make sure that if you’re successful at learning how to jump-start your car and it turns over, you keep it on for at least 10 minutes.

Rely on Westpointe Chrysler Jeep Dodge for Battery Service

At our Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram service center in Yukon, we happily provide all manner of vehicle services and repairs for customers from Oklahoma City to Tuttle. We’re happy to help you learn what to do when a car won’t jump-start, but we’re just as happy to help you replace a dead battery, provide you preventative maintenance, or even help with other services like oil changes and brake service. Learn more about all the ways we can help you keep your car in its best shape by contacting us today. We can’t wait to better assist you with your car service & maintenance needs.

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