How to Jump Start a Car

car jumper cables

It can be distressing to find that your car won’t start, but chances are that all you need is a quick jump start to get back on the road in Marysville. While you can call a jump start car service like AAA, it is easy and often more time-saving to jump start a car yourself. This guide from the service team at Moran Chevrolet Fort Gratiot will show you how to properly jump start a car.

The Proper Way to Jump Start a Car

Rather than wait around for a jump start car service to show up, you can always just go ahead and jump start your car on your own. All you’ll need is a set of jumper cables and a friend that has a vehicle with a fully charged battery. Just follow these steps:

  1. Park the car with the good battery facing the other vehicle. Make sure that both vehicles are turned off and that the parking brakes of both vehicles are engaged.
  2. Open both hoods and find the batteries. If there are plastic hoods covering the battery terminals, you’ll need to remove them.
  3. Identify the positive and negative terminals, and make sure that they are clean and free of any corrosion.
  4. Attach the red clamp to the positive post on the dead battery.
  5. Attach the other red clamp to the positive terminal of the battery with the charge.
  6. Connect the black clamp to the negative post on the good battery. 
  7. Attach the other black clamp to an unpainted metal surface on the frame of the car with the dead battery.
  8. Check to ensure that the clamps are secure, and start the engine of the vehicle with the good battery. Then, start the one with the dead battery.
  9. Once you’ve successfully jump-started the car, carefully remove the jumper cables in the reverse order that they were placed on. Then, shut off the car that was used to help jump-start the dead car.
  10. Keep the engine running on the restarted vehicle for at least 10 to 15 minutes to ensure that the battery is fully recharged. Consult your owner’s manual for more information on recommended times.

More Battery Tips and Tricks

What does it mean if my car won’t jump start? It could mean that the battery is dead and needs to be replaced, or it may be a sign of another issue with the electrical system. Here are some troubleshooting tips:

  • Do you hear a clicking sound when you turn the key? It could be that the starter isn’t working. Schedule service at Moran Chevrolet Fort Gratiot, and have our service experts install a new starter for you.
  • If the electrical systems of the car come on when you turn the key, but the engine won’t turn over, the problem could be with the ignition switch, battery, starter, or a fuse. Tow the vehicle to our Service Center, where we can diagnose the problem.
  • Don’t forget that once you have successfully jump-started your car, you’ll need to keep it running for 10 to 15 minutes in order for the battery to fully recharge.

Get Professional Auto Service & Repair at Moran Chevrolet Fort Gratiot 

Looking for a place to buy a new battery in the Port Huron or Lake Port area? The Parts Center at Moran Chevrolet Fort Gratiot will have the right battery for your Chevy car, truck, or SUV. You can even order parts from us online and we’ll have them ready for you to pick up at your convenience. We often have discounted batteries featured in our parts specials, and our certified technicians can install the battery for you in no time at all. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our parts team.

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