How to Jump Start a Car

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Are you having trouble starting your vehicle? You might need a jump start! Follow this guide on how to properly jump start a car, and you’ll be hitting the streets of Westlake in no time. The team at Covert Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram is here to teach you everything you need to know about jump starts, car service, and more! Be sure to visit us near Leander for a new battery if yours is nearing the end of its life.

The Proper Way to Jump Start a Car

While you can call a recovery service like AAA, learning how to properly jump start a car is actually quite simple! All you need to learn how to jump start a car is a set of jumper cables and a vehicle with a working battery. Once you’ve got everything, follow our guide:

  • Face the working vehicle towards the one in need of a jump, then make sure both vehicles are turned off.
  • Engage the parking brake on both vehicles.
  • Locate the battery and terminals on both vehicles. The battery terminals may be covered with a plastic cover.
  • Identify the positive and negative terminals on both batteries. Make sure they’re clean and free of any corrosion. Connect the red clamp to the positive post on the dead battery.
  • Attach the remaining red clamp to the positive terminal of the working vehicle.
  • Connect the nearest black clamp to the negative post on the good battery.
  • Connect the remaining black clamp to a ground. Our service team near Pflugerville recommends using an unpainted metal surface on the car’s frame.
  • Start the engine of the vehicle with the good battery first.
  • Wait briefly, then start the vehicle with the dead battery.
  • Once the dead vehicle has been jump-started, carefully remove the jumper cables in the reverse order.
  • Shut off the car that was used to help jump-start the dead car.
  • Leave the vehicle running for at least 10 minutes to allow the alternator to recharge your battery.
  • Congratulate yourself, as you’ve learned how to jump start a car battery!

More Battery Tips and Tricks

Car won’t jump start? There’s likely another issue at hand. You may need a battery replacement, or it may be a sign of a more serious problem. Take these steps to troubleshoot the issue:

  • If you try and start the car but only hear a clicking sound, the problem might be your starter. Schedule service at Covert Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram near Leander for a replacement.
  • If your car’s electrical system is still functioning, there could be several possible issues. The ignition switch, battery, starter, or a fuse could be causing the problem. We recommend getting your car diagnosed at our service center.
  • If you have to jump start your car frequently, you should get a new battery from our parts department as soon as possible.

Turn to Covert Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram for Service

Whether you need a jump start, car service, or simply want to find the best BBQ in Austin, TX, be sure to contact us! Our service center near Pflugerville will help you figure out your issue if your car won’t jump start. We can also answer any service-related questions you may have, such as “What color is transmission fluid?”

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8107 Research Blvd
Austin, TX, 78758 US
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