How To Jump A Car
One of the most useful skills any driver can learn is how to jump a car. When you have been stuck in the rain trying to start a car because the lights were left on, being able to jump your vehicle can be extremely helpful. It is important to follow the correct procedure for safety, as injury could occur if a car jump is not done correctly.
In order to jump a car you will need:
- Jumper cables of at least six feet (ten to twelve feet is better)
- A willing motorist that will help with the jump
- Check each car for battery placement.
- Park the running car next to the dead car in such a way that there is as little distance as possible between the two batteries, especially if you have short cables.
- Pop the hood on both cars to gain battery access.
- Make sure the car giving you the jump is running. If the car is not running, the battery will die, and you will be left with two dead batteries instead of one. The car should be running before the cables are attached, as a drain on the battery will start as soon as both cars are connected.
- Make sure that you are not standing in a puddle. Electric currents could jump to you from the cables, especially if you are standing in a liquid. Ensure that you are not in any puddle to keep yourself as safe as possible.
- Attach the positive (red) cables to the both cars' positive (+) terminal.
- Attach the negative (black) cable to the dead car's negative (-) battery terminal, then the running car's negative terminal.
- Wait for five to ten minutes, then try and crank the dead car. If this does not work, wait another five to ten minutes. If the car still does not start, there may be an issue with corrosion on the connection wires that needs to be brushed off with a wire brush. Try and scrape off as much as you can, and try again.
- After the car has started, remove the cables, being sure that the negative and positive clamps do not touch while still attached to a battery.