How to Jump Start a Car

Whether you’re running late or just simply leaving a grocery store, we’ve all had that moment of fear that our cars wouldn’t start. There’s always that chance we could have accidently left our headlights on or left the key in the ignition. Whatever the situation, most people will experience having a dead car battery. Luckily the situation doesn’t have to be so bad. As long as there is a working car nearby, there’s an easy way for you to jump start your car.

Knowing how to jump start a vehicle can save you a lot of trouble. It's an everyday skill that can greatly benefit the situation that many of us will inevitably be in. We at GM Outlet Parts know this and want to share with you step-by-step how to properly jump start a vehicle.

Step 1: Locate and Check Car Batteries

The first thing you want to do is park both the car with the dead batter and a working car near each other, preferably face to face. However, do not get too close – you need room to maneuver. Next, you’ll want to open the hood of the cars and locate the batteries in each. 

Depending on the car, the battery will be located in different spots - so keep an eye open or check your car manual. You’ll then want to locate both the positive and negative terminals that are placed on the battery. The positive terminal will have a red cable attached with a plus sign labeled on. While the negative terminal will have a black cable attached and a negative sign label.

Step 2: Battery Inspection

Before continuing with anything else, you should inspect the dead battery to be sure there isn’t any damage done to it. If there seems to be any clear physical problem with the battery, stop what you are doing because it’s time to completely replace it. Never touch a physically damaged battery, as battery acid is extremely corrosive. However, if everything looks okay and there doesn’t seem to be any problems, you’re in the clear to begin the jump start.

Step 3: Connecting Cables and Jump Starting

Begin by untangling your jumper cables and putting them in place. To avoid any trouble or damage to ha you have to be sure the red and black ends of the jumper cables do not touch when they are connected to the battery.

From here you begin connecting one of the red clamps to the positive terminal of the dead battery, and the other red clamp to the positive terminal of the working battery. Next, connect one of the black clamps to the negative terminal of the working battery and the other black clamp to a piece of metal in the dead batteries car.

Step 4: Starting the Cars   

Once the cable clamps have been properly placed on the right terminals of the batteries, it's time to start up the working car. Once the car has been started wait for a few minutes before revving the engine for about 30-60 seconds. After that, it's time to try starting up the dead battery car. If at the first attempt it doesn’t start, turn off the car and try to connect clamps back on the battery. Continue to do this process until the dead battery car jump starts.

Once the car jump starts you’re good to remove the jumper cables. It's important to note that you should remove the cables in the reverse order that you first connected them in. Once you’re done with that let the once recently dead car sit for a bit to get a nice full charge. After that’s all done you are set to go wherever your heart desires.

Jump starting a car may sound complicated at first but once you get a chance to see how it’s done, it’s easy that it’s fairly simple. It just takes some time, patience and a good hearted person willing to help. Remember, if you need a car battery GM Outlet Parts has you covered!