If your vehicle won’t start, you likely need to jump start your car battery. If you are wondering how to properly jump start a car, First Acura has provided this handy guide. If your battery continues to cause issues even after you attempt to jump start your car, or you want to know how often to replace your car battery, visit our service center near Cranston for a replacement.
The Proper Way to Jump Start a Car
Before you can get started, you will need to find a set of jumper cables as well as another vehicle that can assist you. If you are unable to do so, you also have the option to contact a jump start car service like AAA. Once you’ve got that settled, complete the following steps:
- The car with the proper functioning battery should be parked facing the other vehicle. That vehicle should be turned off. Engage the parking brakes on both vehicles.
- Open both hoods and find the batteries. It’s possible that you will have to remove a plastic hood to expose the battery terminals.
- Identify the positive and negative terminals. They should be corrosion-free and clean.
- Connect the red clamp to the positive post on the dead battery.
- Uncoiling the battery cable, clip the other red clamp to the positive terminal of the battery with the charge.
- Connect the black clamp to the negative post of the working battery.
- The last clamp should be connected to an unpainted metal surface on the car’s frame.
- If everything is secure, start the engine of the vehicle with the good battery first, then start the vehicle that has the dead battery.
- When that car has been jump-started, remove the jumper cables in the reverse order that they were placed on as carefully as possible. Turn off the vehicle that helped to jump start the car with the malfunctioning battery.
- To keep the battery from losing its charge again, the engine should remain on for at least 10 minutes. The recommended time interval could vary depending on your particular make and model, so it is best to consult your owner’s manual.
More Battery Tips and Tricks
If your car won’t jump start, it could mean that you will need to replace your battery. However, this could also be a red flag that something more serious is wrong with your vehicle. Use the following steps to try and troubleshoot the problem before setting up an appointment at the First Acura service center.
- If the car doesn’t start and you hear a clicking sound, it could be a sign that the starter is malfunctioning. Have it replaced at First Acura.
- If the engine won’t turn over but the electrical systems of the car turn on, there are several possible culprits. The ignition switch, battery, starter, or a fuse may be the cause of the issue. It’s a good idea to bring your vehicle to the service center for a proper diagnosis.
- Be sure to keep your vehicle running for a while after getting the jump. That allows the battery to recharge fully after it’s been drained. If you don’t follow this step and the battery dies once again, this could be the problem. Try to jump start your vehicle again before having it looked at by a professional.
Find Quality Auto Service at First Acura
Whether you need help with a new battery or an oil change, want to learn how to check transmission fluids, or learn if Acura requires premium gas, the experts at the First Acura service center can handle all of your automotive service needs. Set up an appointment today and save with our Kia service coupons, or contact us if you have any questions.