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.
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.