How to jump start a car? Here are a few tips for you!

This article is a part of our guest post project which allows copywriters to spread the word about the automotive industry. 

This is the experience of David, founder of CarUnderstanding, a car savvy. Visit his blog if you love cars.

Have you ever found yourself in a parking lot and you are unable to start your car? Have you ever tried forcing your car to start during winter? How to jump start a car without any knowledge? 

As a mechanic, I have assisted many people in jump starting their car. I noticed that few people know how to do that. Knowing how to jump start a car is a skill all car owners should have in case they are faced with the situation.

There are many ways to jumpstart the vehicle. By the end of this article, you will have learned how to use mini jump starters, jump starter cables, and how to jump start a car manually.

man trying to jump start a car

Using Jump Starter Cables

Jump starting your car using jumper cables is the most effective method. However, this method can be dangerous if not done properly. If you are not confident on how to do it, ask an expert or a mechanic to perform the tasks. Improperly jump starting a vehicle could lead to physical injury and damage to your car.   

When using jump starter cables, you need another vehicle with a good battery to help you out. Here are the steps on how to jump start your vehicle using jump starter cables:

Step 1: Find another car owner who is willing to help you jump start your car. The other car must have a good battery of equal voltage.

Step 2: The two vehicles should be parked side by side or facing each other. They should be close enough for the jumper cables to be attached from one battery to another. However, the two vehicles should not touch, and there should be enough room for movement.

Step 3: Make sure you are not near anything flammable or an open flame.

Step 4: Use safety goggles and a face mask before starting. Remove your jewelry, ties, or scarves – anything that is a conductor of electricity or can be caught in the machinery.

Step 5: Get your jump starter cables. Make sure there are no signs of wear and tear, and the clamps do not show any sign of corrosion. The thicker the jumper cables, the better. Gauge measures jumper cables’ thickness. The recommended sizes are an 8-gauge or 6-gauge for cars (the lower the number, the thicker the cables).

Step 6: Inspect both car batteries for signs of cracks or bulges. If there are, do not proceed with the jump start because the batteries might explode. Check the battery terminals for signs of corrosion. Use a wire brush to clean off rust and corrosion before starting the process.

Step 7: Now, we are going to attach the jumper cables. Pay close attention because the order is very, very important! Get the red end of the jump starter cable. Connect the red clamp to the positive terminal of the dead battery.  Jump starting your car using jumper cables is the most effective method. However, this method can be dangerous if not done properly. If you are not confident on how to do it, ask an expert or a mechanic to perform the tasks. Improperly jump starting a vehicle could lead to physical injury and damage to your car.

When using jump starter cables, you need another vehicle with a good battery to help you out. Here are the steps on how to jump start your vehicle using jump starter cables:

1. Find another car owner who is willing to help you jumpstart your car. The other car must have a good battery of equal voltage.

2. The two vehicles should be parked side by side or facing each other. They should be close enough for the jumper cables to be attached from one battery to another. However, the two vehicles should not touch, and there should be enough room for movement.

3. Make sure you are not near anything flammable or an open flame.

4. Use safety goggles and a face mask before starting. Remove your jewelry, ties, or scarves – anything that is a conductor of electricity or can be caught in the machinery.

The positive terminal is indicated by a “+” sign or “POS.” You will also notice that it looks bigger than the negative terminal.

Step 8: The other red clamp should now be attached to the positive terminal of the good battery. Make sure that the jumper cable does not touch any part of the car. Connect them solidly so that they won’t be displaced when the car starts.

Step 9: Get the black jumper cable and attach the black clamp to the negative terminal of the CHARGED battery. The other end should be connected to an unpainted metal of your car’s chassis (the one with the dead battery). Word of caution: The two cables should not touch or cross each other, and the black clamp should be attached nowhere near the battery.

Step 10: After making sure that all cables are securely connected, ask the car owner to start his car. Allow your battery to charge up to two minutes.  

Step 11: Before attempting to start your car, detach all jumper cables first. Again, the order is important. This time we are going to work backward. Detach the last clamp that you attached first – in this case; it is the black clamp on the chassis. Remove the other clamp from the terminal of the charged battery. Next, remove the red clamp from the terminal of the charged battery. Lastly, remove the red clamp from the dead battery. Be careful when removing the clamps; they should not get in contact with anything.

Step 12: Try starting your car now. If it starts right away – congratulations! If it doesn’t, don’t despair, you may just need to repeat the process again. As soon as you get your car to start, bring it to a mechanic to have it checked for underlying problems. You may want to slowly drive it for about ten minutes so that the alternator can do its job and fully charge the battery.

a few jump starters on a table

Using Mini Jumpstarters

What about if you’re stuck in an empty parking lot with not a car in sight? And you don’t have jump starter cables on hand? Don’t worry! You can still jump start your car, but you would need to purchase another piece of equipment. You just need a portable jump starter or a mini jump starter to help you jumpstart your car. What’s great about a mini jump starter is that it has many functions and you can bring it anywhere with you. It works as a flashlight, emergency signal light, and as a power bank to charge your gadgets.

How do we use it then? Here are the steps:

Step 1: As soon as you purchase your mini jump starter, check the manufacturer’s booklet and charge it. You can charge it on the lighter socket of your car or to a walled socket.

Step 2: The mini jump starter comes with its own jumper cables. When connecting the jump starter cables, we will follow the same order like in the above method.

Step 3: Make sure the mini jump starter is turned off.

Step 4: Connect the red clamp to the positive terminal of your car’s battery.

Step 5: Connect the black clamp to a metal and unpainted part of your car’s chassis, far away from the battery.

Step 6: Inspect the clamps and ensure that they are securely in place so that they don’t get jolted when the car starts. The cables should not touch each other or any part of the car.

Step 7: Turn on the portable jump starter and allow it to charge the battery for about two to three minutes. It may take longer during freezing weather.

Step 8: Attempt to start your engine. In most cases, it should start right away. If it doesn’t, wait for another 2 to 3 minutes before starting again. Do not attempt to start your car for more than five seconds because it might create a power surge into the portable jump starter.

Step 9: As soon as your car starts, switch off the mini jump starter.

Step 10: Remove the clamps starting from the last connection. Remove the black clamp from the chassis, then from the positive terminal. Be careful that they don’t come in contact with anything before you completely detach them.

Step 11: Let your vehicle run idle or drive it slowly for five minutes so the alternator can do its job.

Step 12: Don’t forget to recharge your portable jump starter so it should be ready for the next use!

girls trying to jump start a car

No Jumper Cables, No Portable Jump starter

What if you don’t have jumper cables or a portable mini jump starter? Or there was no other vehicle in the area? And nobody knows how to jump start a car? Don’t be such a worry-wart; there is still a way! This method does not need any equipment other than multiple strong hands!

Step 1: Ask a group of people to help you push the car. As the driver, you need to stay inside the car.

Step 2: Place the car in neutral. If your car is automatic, this won’t work for you.

Step 3: Step on the clutch and switch to second gear but do not release until step 5.

Step 4: Ask the people to push the car. You will notice that your vehicle stutters.

Step 5: As the car moves slowly, release the clutch, and the engine will now start.

Step 6: Remember to thank the people who helped you out!

Conclusion

I hope you have learned a lot from this article. See? There are different methods to jump start a car, so you don’t need to worry, right?

By | 2017-08-10T00:17:04+00:00 July 28th, 2017|Guest posts, Lists, Tips|

One Comment

  1. Audrey Jones from Partsavatar.ca August 9, 2017 at 10:04 am - Reply

    Jump starting a car is really a confusing job sometimes!! We often forget what cables go where like positive or negative? Ground the positive cable on the car or what? Moreover, we cant use hit and trial method because it can be extremely dangerous. So, with the help of this wonderful article, jump starting a car looks like an easy job ! Thanks for providing such a nice presentation!!

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