Whether you’ve forgotten to turn off the lights or your car’s battery has simply run its course, it’s tempting to panic when your car won’t start due to a dead battery. Luckily, the fix can be as easy as jump-starting your car with the help of a nearby rescuer. Here’s a quick primer on how to jump-start a car.
Have your emergency kit ready
To jump-start a car, you’ll need a few things handy. You’ll need jumper cables or a jump box. It’s also a good idea to have your car owner’s manual, a pair of gloves, and a flashlight. If you don’t have your owner’s manual handy, you can access it via the MyChevrolet mobile app.
Performing a jump-start
To access the battery of your combustion-engine vehicle, locate the battery based on the instructions in the owner’s manual. If you’re getting help from a nearby Good Samaritan, have your helper position their vehicle’s battery as close as possible to yours.
Start by putting the jumper cable’s red clamp onto the positive terminal of the battery that’s dead. Connect the other red clamp to the positive end of the functional battery.
Next, put the black clamp onto the negative terminal of the live battery. Affix the other black clamp to an unpainted metal portion of the engine block.
Turn on the working car and allow it to recharge the dead battery for a few minutes. After several minutes have passed, turn on the car with the dead battery. It should start right up.
After you’ve jump-started your car, it’s important to have it checked out by the trained technicians at Bud Weiser Motors in Beloit, Wisconsin. We can help you replace your car’s battery and check your car’s electrical system for any abnormalities.