How to Jump-Start a Car

Jump Start a Car

Wondering how to jump-start a car? If your vehicle isn’t starting, you likely need a jump-start, car battery service, or something similar. Follow this guide on how to properly jump-start a car from the service team at Wilde Lexus Sarasota, so you don’t need to call a jump-start car service. If your battery is nearing the end of its life, visit our service center near Lakewood Ranch for a replacement.

The Proper Way to Jump-Start a Car

To begin, you’ll need a set of jumper cables and another vehicle. From there, follow these steps:

  1. Have the car with the good battery park facing the other vehicle, then make sure that the vehicle is turned off. Check to make sure both parking brakes are on.
  2. Open both hoods and locate the batteries. You may need to remove a plastic hood to expose the battery terminals.
  3. Find the positive and negative terminals. Be sure they’re clean and free of any corrosion.
  4. Connect the red clamp to the positive post on the dead battery.
  5. Uncoiling the battery cable, hook the other red clamp to the positive terminal of the battery with the charge.
  6. Connect the black clamp to the negative post on the charged battery. 
  7. Connect the final clamp to an unpainted metal surface on your car’s frame.
  8. Once everything is hooked up, start the engine of the vehicle with the good battery first, then the one with the dead battery.
  9. Once the dead vehicle has been jump-started, carefully remove the jumper cables in the reverse order that they were placed on, then shut off the car that was used to jump-start the dead car.
  10. Keep the engine running on the restarted vehicle for at least 10 minutes to ensure that the weak battery doesn’t die again. Consult your owner’s manual for more info on recommended times.

More Battery Tips and Tricks

If your car won’t jump-start, you may need a battery replacement, or it may be a sign of a more serious problem for your Venice drives. Follow the below steps to troubleshoot the issue:

  1. If you try and start the car but only hear a clicking sound, the starter might not be functioning. ContacttheWilde Lexus Sarasota service center near Bradenton for a replacement.
  2. If the electrical systems of the car turn on, but the engine fails to turn over, the problem could be a few different issues. The ignition switch, battery, starter, or a fuse could be the issue. It’s worth bringing your vehicle to a service center, so the issue can be properly diagnosed.
  3. Be sure to keep your vehicle running after getting the jump. That allows the battery to recharge fully.

Turn to Wilde Lexus Sarasota Near St. Petersburg for Service

Wondering how to jump-start a car? It’s simple! Whether you need help with a new battery or you’re wondering how often you should rotate your tires, we can help. Our service center is located right in Sarasota, so stop by today or contact us with any questions.

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