Do You Know How to Correctly Jump Start Your Car?

Many people think that jump starting their car involves simply hooking up the cables and starting their vehicles.  This will get the job done, however, it's not the safest or best way to jump start your car.  There is a lot of confusion out there as to the correct methods of jump starting your car, and I want to clear that up right here and now!  In just a few simple steps, I will show you how to correctly jump your car right here.

Step 1: Get The 2 Batteries Close Together

The first step to safe jumping is to get the 2 batteries as close together as possible.  Not only do you want to do this so that your cables aren't stretched tight, but you also want to avoid having the cables crossing over any moving parts- this is very dangerous!  Even if that means you need to put one of the vehicles in neutral and move it, it's worth it for your safety, so do it!  Be sure to pop your hoods quick before moving the cars in order to see where the batteries reside.

Step 2: Gather Your Cables, and Make Sure Your Rescuer Knows What They're Doing

The first part of this step is self-explanatory.  Hopefully, you carry a set a cables in your car at all times.  If not, you'll have to stand around with your hood open, waving your hands until someone with cables responds.  Don't assume that the other person knows how to jump a car, even if they are supplying the cables.  After you complete this guide, you'll have the steps down so you can explain the most important details to the other person quickly.

Step 3: Hook Up The Cables With Neither Engine Running

First, hook up the red clamp to the positive battery post on the dead car.  Then, hook up the negative, and be sure that the other person is holding the other ends of the cables apart, or else you may see a shower of sparks here and damage your battery.

Jump StartCredit:, clamp down the cables on the good battery.  The red one goes first, and the black one second.  Yes, this is the opposite of home and commerical AC wiring!  DC voltage runs "backwards" in batteries.

Step 4: Start the Good Car

Next, you want to start up the good car so that it charges the other battery without being drained itself.  If it is cold outside, or the dead battery is completely drained, you'll need to let the car run for a few minutes.

Step 5: Start The Bad Car and Remove The Cables

After a minute or 2 of charging, try starting your car up.  If it doesn't get started within 5-10 seconds stop cranking the key.  You'll need to let the battery charge for a few more minutes, as it doesn't have the charge it needs yet, and now you have drained it completely again.

Once you have successfully started the dead car, you can remove the cables.  Start with the black one on both vehicles, and then move to the red one.  Thank the good Samaritan who helped you to go on with your day.  Be sure to drive at least 5-10 miles on your jumped battery to charge it up with your car's alternator, or you may be repeating this process sooner than intended!

An Alternative - Car Jumper Packs

If you're looking for a better way to get this job done, you can use a car jumper pack.  This post has all the information you need to know which unit is right for you!