How to Jump-Start a Car

Jump Start a Car

Everyone’s been there. The lights were left on by accident, the weather simply got too old, or your battery is so old that it’s lost its charge, and now you’re wondering how to jump-start your car. With this handy guide from Dependable Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, you’ll be able to find out how to jump-start your vehicle, what to do if your car won’t jump-start, and what car services are available for you at our service center for your car battery. Find out how to handle your car’s battery issues, so you don’t have to rely on a jump-start car service near Simi Valley.

Step by Steps on How to Jump-Start a Car

To get started with getting your car back in working order, you’re going to need two things. First another car, and secondly jumper cables. You can also call a jump start car service, such as AAA, who will be able to meet you at a location to give you a jump. If you’re going to jump-start your car battery yourself, then you’ll want to follow the following steps:

  1. Have the vehicle with a good battery position itself so that its battery is closest to your own with both vehicles off and parking brakes engaged. Some vehicles may have their vehicle in the trunk, so it’s important to know the right orientation to position the second vehicle.
  2. Access the batteries in both vehicles. Some batteries have a plastic hood that protects the battery terminal, or it may be in a false bottom of a trunk.
  3. Identify the positive and negative terminals, and make sure they’re free of any debris and corrosion.
  4. Connect the red clamp to the positive terminal on the dead battery.
  5. Hook the red clamp to the other positive terminal, making sure to uncoil the cable fully. The electricity passing through could burn through the cables.
  6. Connect the black clamp to the negative terminal on the good battery.
  7. Attach the other black clamp to an unpainted metal surface on your car’s frame.
  8. Once all four clamps are secured, start the good vehicle’s engine first, followed by the vehicle that is in need of a jump-start, so that you can jump-start your car battery.
  9. Once the jump-started vehicle has a charge, carefully remove the jumper cables and turn off the engine on the vehicle that you used to jump-start the dead battery.
  10. Leave the jump-started vehicle running for 10 minutes, to make sure that your battery maintains its battery. If you turn it off too early, it will lose the charge and die again.

Jump-Start Car Services

New vehicles often come with a Roadside Assistance warranty for a certain number of miles or years after purchase, though the exact number may vary depending on your make and model. If you’re not able to get any assistance from another driver, or if your car won’t jump-start, then it would be best for you to call a roadside assistance program. You can contact us to find out if roadside assistance is a service offered at Dependable Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, or for the name of any service providers around Thousand Oaks that could assist you.

Tips and Tricks to Maintain Your Battery

Sometimes even with assistance, your car won’t jump-start, and you’ll need a battery replacement, or it could be a sign of a more serious problem.

  • If you’re only hearing a clicking sound when you try to turn on your vehicle, then that means that your starter is faulty or failing. Schedule service with Dependable Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram today near San Fernando Valley to get it replaced immediately.
  • If the electronic systems of your car turn on, but your vehicle doesn’t turn over, then it could indicate an issue with the ignition switch, battery, starter, fuse, or some other issue. Our certified staff in our service center are capable of diagnosing and repairing the issue timely, so you can get back on the road.
  • As mentioned above, it’s vital that you leave your vehicle running after it gets jumped. This ensures that a charge can be built back up in your battery and if it’s turned off too early, you’ll need to get jump-started again.

Dependable Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram is Ready to Keep You Driving

Whether it’s just a battery replacement, oil change, or more serious repair, you’ll be able to get it at Dependable Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram without any hassle. Our team is eager and ready to help so that you don’t have to worry about being stranded for long.


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