Safely Jump Start Your Car

Regardless of what type of vehicle you drive, there may come a time when you will need to jump start your car or use your car to jump start someone else’s vehicle. This is a fairly simple process if you have general knowledge of a jump start.

The two main things you need to jump start a vehicle are a pair of jumper cables and a car battery that is fully charged. Make sure the jumper cables have thick wires and rust-free clamps.

A Few “Nevers”

When attempting to jump start a vehicle, there are a few things you want to avoid. You never want to smoke or be on your cell phone while performing this task.

You also should never jump start a car battery when the liquids are frozen. This runs a high risk of an explosion. This risk also remains in effect for those who attempt to jump start a battery that is clearly cracked or has a visible leak.

Proper Connection Order

To reduce the risk of sparks, explosion, or damage, there is a certain order that you should connect your jumper cables. Clamp the positive jumper cable to the positive post of the dead car battery. These cables will be red in color. Do the same thing for the other red clamp for the fully-charged battery.

Then you should clamp the negative jumper cable to the fully-charged battery. This cable will be black in color. Clamp the other black cable to a solid metal part of the engine of the car with the dead battery. This step grounds the circuit to make sure it is as far away from the dead battery as possible.

This connection order will greatly minimize the risk of explosion while performing the simple task of jump starting a car. If you are ever in doubt, it is best to contact someone who has the knowledge to perform a successful jump start.


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