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Tips on How to Easily Jumpstart Your Car 

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If you ever find yourself stuck on the side of the road with a dead battery, jumpstarting your car is not only possible, but simple. If you’ve never done it before, learning how to jumpstart your vehicle can seem like an intimidating task. However, it really isn’t that difficult if you know what to do! This article will cover how to jumpstart your car works and provide some tips on how to make this process as easy as possible.

What is Jumpstarting Your Car?

Jumpstarting is the process of jump starting your car by using another vehicle’s battery. Bringing a dead battery back to life is something most drivers will need to do at least once. However, there are specific things you’ll need before you can jumpstart your car. You’ll need:

  • Jumper cables
  • Power source – either a portable jump battery or another vehicle

What are Jumper Cables?

Jumper cables are long, insulated cables with clips on one or both ends. These clips are typically red and black to indicate positive and negative polarity. The red clip is positive, while the black clip is negative. 

How to Jumpstart Your Car 

To jumpstart your car, follow these tips from Edmunds:

Step one:

First, you’ll open the hood of each car to locate each battery and its terminals. Once you find the batteries, you’ll use the jumper cables. You’ll clamp one of the positive (red) jumper cables to the dead battery’s positive terminal. Make sure the clamp is attached well onto the battery terminal to give it a strong electrical connection.

Step two:

Next, you’ll clamp the other end of the positive cable to the positive battery terminal in the booster car. Connect the negative cable end to the negative battery terminal in the booster car. Once connected, you can now attach the other end to an unpainted metal surface on the engine of the car with the dead battery.

Step three:

Once you have the connections made, make sure the cables are not near any of the moving engine parts. From there, start the booster car. Let it idle for a few minutes to build up a sufficient charge to start the dead battery.

What Happens if Your Battery Doesn’t Start Again?

If jumpstarting your car doesn’t work, there are a few possibilities. If the battery is still under warranty and has less than 12 months on it, you should bring it back to the store and ask for a replacement. If your car battery is more than 12 months old, jumpstarting may not jumpstart the battery again. In this case, you should have your mechanic test it to see if jumpstarting is enough or if a replacement battery is necessary.

What Can You Do to Make This Process Easier?

There are several ways jumpstarting your car can be made easier. Not only will jumpstarting your car be a simple task, but it can also save you a lot of time and money.

One way jump starting your car can be made easier is by using a jump starter. A jump starter is a portable battery that you can use to jumpstart your dead vehicle battery. You can jumpstart your vehicle without anyone else’s help and the jump starter will also charge your battery if it is low as well.

When Should I Go to Scott’s Auto?

If you find that your car doesn’t restart once you try to jumpstart it, it could mean that you need a new battery. At Scott’s Auto, you can have your battery tested for free at any time. Don’t take any chances! You should swing by Scott’s to ensure your travel comfort and safety. Stop by your nearest Scott’s Auto location today!

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