Your car is important to you. It is an investment, and you use it to get where you need to go. For most car owners, it is their sole source of transportation. When you have car troubles, it can be stressful and inconvenient, especially if you’re depending on your vehicle to get you to important events and destinations on time, such as work or school. Car battery issues are one of the most common vehicle problems, but that doesn’t mean that they should be ignored. Without a working battery, you won’t be able to properly start or run your car. However, if your battery dies, you should be able to jump it and bring your car back to life. If this does not work, your car battery may need to be replaced. Here is a guide to jumpstarting your car and signs that you should replace your battery in order to have a better working vehicle.
How to Jumpstart Your Car Battery
If your car battery runs out, don’t panic. You probably just need your car jumped. You can call for help from a friend, have an acquaintance help you, or if you have roadside assistance, you can wait for assistance after contacting your provider. In any case, here are the steps to jumpstarting your car battery.
- Have a car with a functioning battery park as close to you as possible, but not touching. If you can, have the car park with its front bumper facing your’s.
- Next, turn off the engines of both cars and have each car in parked. Also, remove your keys.
- Now, grab your jumper cables, or have the person helping you get theirs. There should be a set of red and black clamps. Also, make sure the clamps do not touch at any time- this is important for your safety and the safety of others.
- Then, attach the cables correctly. This means attaching the red clamp to the positive battery terminal of the working car, and the black to the negative. You can then attach the other red clamp to your car’s positive battery terminal. Do not attach the black clamp to a terminal, clamp it to an unpainted metal surface in your car, such as the engine block. This will make your jump safe.
- Once that’s completed, you can start the working car’s engine. Wait for one to three minutes before shutting the engine off.
- Afterwards, disconnect the clamps starting with the black clamps.
- You can then start your car normally, as your battery should be back up and running.
Signs You Should Replace Your Car Battery
While your car battery may have simply gone dead due to the battery being drained by leaving your car lights on overnight or something similar, there are a few signs to look for that may indicate you need to have your model specific car battery replaced including-
- Old Age
- Check Engine Light
- Battery Leak Or Low Fluid
- Requiring Frequent Jumps
- Jumping Your Car Battery Doesn’t Work