New tech-filled cars break down easily. In most cases, the problem is the dead battery. The car battery just dies suddenly, and you find yourself in the middle of nowhere googling ‘jump start services near me‘ or something similar. Jump starting a car is an essential skill that any young or old driver should have. The problem is, everyone has a different way of doing it, and not every way is the right way.
First, you need to call your insurance agent. Maybe your insurance policy covers roadside assistance and jump start car service is included in your insurance package.
What do you need for jump starting a car?
You need a pair of jumping cables, and you need a car with a working battery. Finding a working car can sometimes be a problem. You never know where your car will break down. Imagine being on a road in Arizona. You’re driving through the desert and your battery dies because you forgot to turn off the headlights the night before. What are your options? You cannot jump start your car without another car and no one else is one the road. In this situation, you need to call a jump start car service in Phoenix, and you just have to wait.
If you get lucky, and you find a good Samaritan willing to help you, jump starting your car should be easy.
- How to jump start a car?
First, you need to park both cars nose to nose. Keep the cars close but not too close. Keep the cars in neutral and set the parking brakes.
- Turn off both cars!
Turn both cars off and get the keys out of the ignition. Pop the hoods and get down to business.
- Identify intervals
You need to identify the negative and positive intervals on each battery. The positive terminal is usually red, and the negative terminal is usually black, although sometimes it can be blue. You’ll also need to identify the positive and negative intervals on your jumper cables (You should always have a pair of jumper cables stashed in the trunk of your car).
- Attach everything
Attach the positive jumper cable to the dead battery’s red (positive) terminal and attach the other end of the positive cable to live battery’s positive terminal. Do the same for the negative terminals.
- What to do with the other end of the negative cable?
Most cars have a jumping post. Check your car’s manual or attach the end of the negative cable to a metal not painted part of the car under the hood.
Clear the area and start the car with the dead battery. Let the car run for a few minutes. Don’t worry if the car does not start immediately, it’s perfectly normal. If your car does not start at all, you need to call a professional. Maybe it’s not just your battery that’s dead, maybe something else broke down.
- Finishing up
If you’ve successfully started your car, disconnect the cables in the reverse order you put them on. Easy peasy!
As you can see, jump starting a dead battery is easy, but don’t do it by yourself if you don’t have to. Professional towing companies exist for a reason, and they will quickly jump start your car for a small fee. Don’t risk your life and the lives of others if you don’t have to.
Jump starting cables come in different sizes and shapes and most people don’t know how to use them. If you’re not sure how the car batteries and jumper cables work call a professional. Don’t risk your life over 50 bucks.