How to Jump-Start a Car

Jumper Cables

If you’re having trouble getting your vehicle to start, you likely need a jump-start to get your battery working. But how do you jump a car? Can a car battery be “too dead” to jump-start? Follow this guide from Dan Cava’s Buick GMC and our service team to find out how to jump-start a car, what to do if your car won’t start with a jump, as well as some ways to make sure you’re not going to end up somewhere far from home. If your battery is nearing the end of its life, then don’t hesitate to call our service center near Fairmont, or schedule service online so that you can get in and get a battery replacement.

Jumping the Battery: A Step-by-Step Guide

To get started learning how to jump a car, you’ll need a set of jumper cables and another vehicle. You can also call a jump-start car service like AAA. Once you’ve got that settled, 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 engaged.
  2. Open both hoods and find the batteries. You may need to remove a plastic hood to expose the battery terminals.
  3. Identify the positive and negative terminals. Make 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 good battery.
  7. For the final clamp, connect it to an unpainted metal surface on your car’s frame.
  8. Once everything is hooked up securely, 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 help jump-start the dead car.
  10. Keep the engine running on the restarted vehicle for at least 10 minutes after jumping the battery to ensure that the weak battery doesn’t die again right away. Consult your owner’s manual for more info on recommended times.

More Battery Tips and Tricks

Sometimes it’s not just a matter of knowing how to jump start a car, but knowing if something worse is happening under the hood. So, can a car battery be “too dead” to jump start? No, your car battery cannot be too drained to receive a jump start. If your car won’t start with a jump, you may need a battery replacement, or it may be a sign of a more serious problem. Take these steps to troubleshoot the issue:

  1. If you try to start the car but only hear a clicking sound, the starter might not be functioning. Schedule service at Dan Cava’s Buick GMC near Morgantown 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 number of issues. The ignition switch, battery, starter, or a fuse could be the problem. It’s worth bringing your vehicle to a service center, so they can diagnose the issue.
  3. Be sure to keep your vehicle running for a while after jumping the battery. That allows the battery to recharge fully after it’s been drained.

Trust the Experts at Dan Cava’s Buick GMC

Whether you need a new battery, help with figuring out how to jump a car, or your car won’t start with a jump, our team is always ready to make the process easy for drivers in Grafton. Contact us today with any needs you might have or browse our selection of service tips and tricks for more information.

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