Whether you are new to car ownership or just new to jump-starting your car, this article will help you. Learn how to jump-start your car like a pro so you can get where you are going on time, every time.
Cars occasionally require their owners to jump start them. This is the term we give to the process of ‘jumping’ the battery with a few volts of electricity. Connecting the correct parts of the engine to other parts of the engine, you will get that spark. Once the battery has its kick start, you can use that energy to get back on the road again.
What makes your car battery die?
There are multiple reasons that your car could have a flat battery. The most obvious is that something inside the car was on overnight. You may have left the lights turned on or may not have closed a door correctly, leading to dash lights flashing. You may even have been sitting in the car park with the radio running and the engine off, then notice the battery is dead when you try to charge it.
The cold can cause your battery to die. Extremes of temperature affect your car’s energy reserves, depleting them or even igniting them. On rarer occasions, a car battery might die because the alternator needs replacement.
Equipment you will need
A booster PAC jump starter can help get you out of sticky situations on the road – or off the road, as the case may be. Starter cables usually come in this type of pack. It contains all you need to jump-start your car while not sticking out at home. Check out how you flush engine oil too, since this is another job you can do in the driveway before you set off.
How to Jump Start Your Car Like A Pro
Now that you know why you need to jump start your car and what you will need to do it, you just need the how. You will need a second car to give your own car a boost with starter cables. If you have the jump starter pack, you only need the pack. The rules are similar either way.
Step 1 – Bring the two cars alongside one another or plug in your starter pack.
Step 2 – Keep the car engines off and the handbrakes on.
Step 3 – The red starter cable connects to the positive (+) part of your battery.
Step 4 – Connect the black cable to the negative part of the working battery. If you are using a power pack, simply connect the black cable. If using two cars, connect the black cable to the negative port on the working car only. Earth the other end by attaching it to unpainted metal elsewhere on the same vehicle. Keep that black lead completely away from the dud battery.
Step 5 – Wait for a few minutes.
Step 6 – Start the working car and let it run for a minute.
Step 7 – Turn on the car with the flat battery and let both cars run for a few minutes.
Step 8 – Turn everything off and disconnect it. Next, restart your car to ensure the battery is working. You should drive around the block once or twice to store energy.