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How to Jump Start a Car

One of the worst feelings is when you get in your car, turn the key, and nothing happens. When your car doesn’t start, knowing how to jump start a vehicle is a helpful skill.

If your battery has died, jumper cables and another car may be enough to get you back on your way. However, always consider your safety before jumping your vehicle or someone else’s. Also, do not jump your vehicle if it has an electronic ignition system or is an alternately fueled vehicle.

If this is your first time jumping the vehicle, take a minute to look through the owner’s manual. Some vehicles may require a bit extra when jumping.

Once you feel confident in your ability to jump your vehicle, find another vehicle to assist you. The second vehicle should have a battery that has a battery voltage of equal or greater strength. Make sure all children or other observers are away from the engines.

Jumper cables are made to transmit electrical current, so be careful when handling them. Wear protective gloves and/or glasses if available. Here are some basic steps for jumping a vehicle.

  • Take out your jumper cables.
  • Prop open both hoods.
  • Make sure both vehicles are turned off with the parking brake on.
  • Attach one of the​ RED​ clips to the​ POSITIVE​ terminal of​ YOUR​ battery. The battery should say “POS” or have a “+” sign on the correct terminal.
  • Attach the other​ RED​ clip to the​ POSITIVE​ terminal of the​ OTHER​ car.
  • Attach one of the BLACK clips to the negative terminal on the OTHER car's battery
  • Attach the last BLACK clip to an metal area that's​ unpainted on YOUR car
  • Start the working vehicle and let the engine run for a few minutes.
  • With the other car still running, try to start your vehicle.

Hopefully the vehicle will start. If it does not, safely check the cables to make sure everything is properly connected. If it does start, drive around for at least 15 minutes to recharge your battery. If your battery still does not start, call Cumberland Kia and we will be glad to help you service your vehicle.

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