Step by Step: Jump Starting your Car
Using jumper cables incorrectly can damage your car and result in injury. To make sure you understand how to correctly use them, we’ve put together step by step instruction guide to help you safely and confidently jump start your car.
Find a nearby driver willing to give you a boost, make sure neither vehicles have an electronic ignition system or is an alternatively fueled vehicle (ex. Vehicle that runs on diesel, electric or hybrid vehicles).
Confirm that both cars are in park with their engines off, vehicles should be close but not touching.
Clamp the red jumper cable onto your vehicle’s (the dead car) positive battery terminal, this is marked with a “+”.
Clamp the other end of the red jumper cable to the booster vehicle’s positive battery terminal.
Clamp the black jumper cable to the booster vehicle’s negative battery terminal, marked with an “-”.
Clamp the other end of the black jumper cable to a bare metal surface on the engine of your car, such as a screw or a bolt, ensure that all the jumper cables are not touching any engine parts.
Start the booster vehicle first and let it idle for a couple minutes, then do the same with your car.
Disconnect the black jumper cable from your car then disconnect the black jumper cable from the booster vehicle, remove the red jumper cable from the booster vehicle then do the same for your car.
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