How To Properly Jump-Start a Car

Jumper Cables


If you’re getting ready to head out to Evergreen but your vehicle won’t start, there could be a number of issues, but a common problem you may encounter is a dead battery. When your vehicle’s battery dies, you may need to get it jump-started before you can be back on your way. But what if you don’t know how to jump-start a car? Don’t worry, the service experts from Lee Motor Company are here to assist.

You’re always welcome to schedule a service appointment if you need assistance with your vehicle, but if you’re looking to learn how to properly jump-start a car, continue reading below. We’ll go over the steps to jump-start your vehicle and what to do if your car won’t jump-start at all!

How To Jump-Start a Car in 10 Simple Steps

When you’re stranded in Brewton because your vehicle won’t start, it can be easy to become worried and panicked. Fortunately, jump-starting your vehicle isn’t as complicated as it seems, and all you really need is a set of jumper cables and a friend with a working vehicle. With that in mind, here’s how to properly jump-start a car in 10 simple steps:

  1. Park the working vehicle across from your ride.
  2. Turn the working vehicle off and engage the parking brake on both vehicles.
  3. Release the hood of both vehicles and locate the battery.
  4. Take note of the positive and negative terminals on each vehicle’s battery.
  5. Using the red clamp on your jumper cable, connect it to the vehicle with the dead battery’s positive terminal.
  6. Keeping all the clamps apart, connect the red clamp to the positive terminal on the working vehicle’s battery.
  7. Now, connect the black clamp to the negative terminal of the vehicle with the working battery.
  8. The final black clamp should be attached to an unpainted metal surface of the vehicle with the dead battery’s frame to ground it.
  9. Start the vehicle with the working battery and wait a couple of minutes before starting the vehicle with the dead battery.
  10. The vehicle with the dead battery should start right up!

Keep in mind that when you start the vehicle with the dead battery, let it run for several minutes to allow the battery to charge. If the vehicle starts up, remove the battery cables in the reverse order that you put them on.

What If Your Car Won’t Jump-Start?

So, what if your car won’t jump-start? Now that we know how to jump-start a car, you may find yourself in a situation where your vehicle just won’t get started. If this is the case, it might be a good idea to reach out to a trusted service center. However, there can be some things you can take a look at to troubleshoot the issue. Some of those things are as follows:

  • Hearing a clicking sound when you try to start your Atmore daily driver? You may need to replace your starter.
  • If your vehicle’s accessories turn on when you start the car but the engine doesn’t run, there are a number of issues that could be at play. It can range from an ignition switch, fuse, battery, starter, and many more. It’s best to leave it to a professional if this is what you’re experiencing with your vehicle.
  • If you notice you’re continuously jump-starting your vehicle, it might be time for a battery replacement. 

Get Automotive Service Today at Lee Motor Company!

Jump-starting your vehicle is just one of the many things we can help you learn at Lee Motor Company. We want to help you keep your vehicle on the Monroeville roads for many years to come. So, if you’ve got any questions or you’re looking to get automotive service, be sure to contact us for assistance!

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