We have all had those unfortunate moments in the morning where you may need to jump start a your car battery. Often times, we mis the tell tale signs that your car battery is in need of a change. Not to worry. If you follow these simple steps you will be back on the road in no time. Just make sure that you keep jumper cables in your vehicle or else all of these steps will be moot.
1. Safety always comes first! You should first make yourself aware of all of the safety risks associated with jumping you battery. Most importantly, the risk of electrical shock. To that end you want to make sure that you read the instructions on jumping your specific vehicle contained in the manual. Make sure that any small children are at a safe distance away from the vehicle before attempting to jump the car. Also be very careful when handling the cables after they have been attached to the battery terminals. If they touch they will spark creating both burn, shock, and fire risks. It is always advisable to have a set of protective gloves on while handing live cables.
2. Park the cars next to each other.Park the cars facing each other at least a foot apart. Make sure the they cars are in park and the emergency brakes are set. The vehicles should also be turned off with the keys removed from the ignition.
3. Determine which of the terminals are negative and positive on each vehicle by reading the manuals or looking for the (+/ red cap on the terminal) and (-) symbols on the battery. Before attaching the cables place them on the ground between the cars with the clamps not touching.
4. Attach the cables in the following order
5. Start the working vehicle and allow it to run for a couple of minutes allowing the dead battery to charge. Then attempt to start the dead car.
6. If the dead vehicle doesn't start, try raving the engine of the working vehicle. Then, try to start the vehicle again.
7. If the car starts, allow it to run for a few minutes letting the alternator recharge the dead battery.
8. Disconnect the black jumper cables first, then disconnect the red ones. Remembering to not allow them to touch.
If at any point in these steps you feel unsafe or if you just don't have the equipment to perform the jump yourself, reach out to a local towing professional like Sioux City Towing to help get you back on the road quick and safely.