How to Jump a Car Battery

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If your car won’t start, the first thing you can check is the battery. To get you back on the roads of Gulfport, Long Beach, and Biloxi, you might be able to jump-start your vehicle.

To teach you how, the pros at Pat Peck Honda have created this handy how to jump a car battery guide. By following the simple steps below, you’ll hopefully have enough power to make it to our authorized service center for a full assessment.

How to Start a Battery with Jumper Cables in 7 Steps

1. Locate Jumper Cables & a Working Vehicle – In order to jump-start your car, you’ll need a working set of jumper cables and someone who’s willing to help. This usually isn’t an issue, as many folks have been in the same situation before.

It’s a good idea to keep a nice set of jumper cables in your trunk, but a willing Samaritan nearby might be able to assist if you don’t have any.

2. Prepare the Vehicles – Both cars need to be close together and put into park or neutral. Once this is done, turn off the ignitions and engage the parking brakes to be safe.

3. Attach Red Clips – Each set of jumper cables has a red clip. This needs to be attached to the positive terminal of your battery. It should read “POS” and be slightly bigger than the other one. The other red clip should be attached to the same place on the other vehicle.

4. Attach Black Clip – One of the black clips needs to be placed on the negative terminal of your vehicle. This spot is smaller and may even read “NEG”.

5. Attach Second Black Clip – The last black clip also needs to be attached, but not on the negative clip of the other car like expected. It should go on an unpainted metal surface on the car that is away from the battery. The metal device used to keep your hood open is often a good spot.

Helpful Note – Make sure to attach these clips in the correct order listed above!

6. Start the Working Vehicle – After turning on the engine, let it run for a few minutes to warm up and gain power.

7. Start Your Vehicle – Now it’s time to see if the jump-start works. If it does, to not turn off your vehicle! Drive around for 15 to 30 minutes to ensure your battery recharges. If it doesn’t start, make sure the cables are connected properly and retry. If nothing still, your battery may need replacing.

If this happens the next time you try and start your vehicle, it’s time for a battery replacement, as your battery is not able to hold a charge properly.

Receive Battery Service in Gulfport, Long Beach, & Biloxi

Now that you know how to jump a car battery, it may be time to replace your old one for a new one that doesn’t need help starting. Schedule a service appointment at Pat Peck Honda, and we’ll be able to get you a healthy battery in no time.