How to Jump Start a Car Properly

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If you keep turning your key and nothing happens, you have two options. You could call a jump start car service and wait for help, or you could jump start the car battery yourself. Learning how to jump start a car isn’t difficult, but it does require a set of jumper cables and a good samaritan who can get your car up and running again. Let’s go through the basics of how to jump a car.

The Proper Way to Jump-Start a Car

If you don’t want to wait for a jump start car service, learning how to jump a car can get you back on the Denver roads in minutes. Here are the steps you’ll need to follow:

  1. Find a driver who is willing to help you out, and park both cars with the hoods facing each other.
  2. Open both hoods and locate the batteries. You might need to remove the plastic hood to see the battery.
  3. Look for the positive and negative terminals, and be sure to check for corrosion.
  4. Grab your jumper cable and attach the red clamp to the positive post of the dead battery.
  5. Attach the red clamp to the positive terminal of the charged battery.
  6. Attach the black clamp to the negative pot of the charged battery.
  7. Take the final black clamp and hook it to an unpainted surface on your car’s frame.
  8. Start the engine of the working vehicle, and then try to start your engine.
  9. Once your car is running, remove the jumper cables in the opposite order that they were attached. Now the other car can shut down its engine.
  10. Keep your engine running for at least 10 minutes to build up a charge. Double check your owner’s manual for other guidelines that pertain to your specific model.

Other Battery Tips and Tricks

Learning how to properly jump start a car is a simple process, but it can still be a tricky task for Arvada drivers. Take a look at some of the top tips and tricks from our Fisher Honda service department:

  • If you only hear a clicking sound when you try to start the car, you might have an issue with the starter rather than a dead battery. Schedule your service with us, and we’ll get a replacement installed.
  • When the electrical system turns on, but the engine will not, this can be a more complicated issue. It could be the result of a faulty ignition switch, battery, starter, or any number of things. Get in touch with our techs for a diagnosis.
  • Honda Roadside Assistance offers 24-hour emergency road service throughout the 3-year/36,000-mile warranty term. Simply call 1-866-864-5211 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for instant access to a reliable jump start car service in Aurora.

Get Quality Car Care with Fisher Honda

Whether your car won’t jump start or you’re looking for a little maintenance, the talented technicians at Fisher Honda are here to help you. Contact us today at Fisher Honda in Boulder to find out your options.

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