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How to Jump-start a Dead Car
You left your lights on all night long and now you can’t start your vehicle. Whether this is the case or your battery just ran out of juice, you may be able to jump-start your vehicle to get it moving once again. Follow these steps to help you get your car up and running:
1. Determine the Culprit
Before you do start the process, you need to make sure that the battery is the problem. Start by checking the headlights. If they’re dim, the battery is the problem. If they’re bright, you have a different problem on your hands. Then, put the key in the ignition to see if the stereo or lights on the dashboard will turn on. If not, the ignition switch could be the problem. Then, try to start your vehicle. If the battery is dead, it will turn slowly or not at all. If it cranks quickly, there may be something else wrong with it.
2. Locate the Battery
Inspect the battery for any cracks or leaks. If there is any damage to the battery, you should replace it rather than try to jump it. Open the hood of your car to locate the battery. It should be located in the front of the engine between the engine and the passenger compartment. If you’re struggling to find it, check your trunk. Then, you can read through your manual to figure out where it is. Locate the positive terminals in red and the negative terminals in black.
3. Move Cars into Place
Park the car near the other car. They should be close enough to run the cables between them, but they shouldn’t be touching. Turn off the engine and make sure that neither car has the engine, radio, lights, air conditioning, or electrical components on. It would also be wise to engage the parking brake.
4. Prepare Your Cables
Untangle or unwind the cables. Be careful not to touch the red and black cables together, especially once they’ve been connected to the battery. The red clamp should be attached to the positive terminal on both vehicles. Clamp one of the black ones on the negative terminal of the working car, and the other one should be on a piece of grounded metal on the dead car. Look for the blot connector to the chassis or an unpainted metal. As a last resort, you could connect to the negative terminal of the dead car, but it may cause it to emit gas.
5. Start the Working Car
Start the working car and let it idle for a few minutes. Rev the engine a little above idle for 30-60 seconds to charge the battery. Then, try the dead car. If it works, you should remove the clamps without letting them touch. The car should stay in idle for about 5 minutes to let it finish charging the battery.
If you take these steps and your car still isn’t working, it may be time to get a new car. U Pull & Save offers cash for junk cars, so you can easily get rid of your car and get cash to go towards your new vehicle.