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How to Jump-Start a Car

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If you are ready to head out to the office or run errands, but your vehicle will not start, you may need a jump-start, car battery service, or the vehicle may need to be towed. It’s best to try and jump-start the battery first to see if that is the culprit. If you are not sure how to properly jump-start a car, don’t worry. The experts at Jennings Volkswagen have provided a handy guide below, so you can get back on the road in no time without having to call a jump-start car service.

The Proper Way to Jump-Start a Car

Before you can begin the process of jump-starting your vehicle, you will need to find another driver that is willing to assist you, as well as a set of jumper cables. If you are not able to do so, there is always the option of a jump-start car service, such as AAA. If you have your set of jumper cables handy, and there is another driver that can help you, it’s time to get started:

  1. The vehicle with the working battery should park facing the vehicle that needs the jump-start. The vehicle assisting you should be turned off.
  2. Remember to engage the parking brakes on both cars.
  3. Pop up the hoods of both cars to locate the batteries. For some batteries, there may be a plastic hood that covers the terminals.
  4. Determine which is the positive terminal and which is the negative terminal. Before you attempt to jump-start the vehicle, you will need to check the terminals to ensure there is no corrosion and that they are all clean.
  5. The red clamp should be attached to the positive post on the dead battery.
  6. The other red clamp should be attached to the positive terminal of the battery being used to charge the other vehicle.
  7. The black clamp should be attached to the negative post of the working battery.
  8. Find an unpainted metal surface on the car’s frame, and attach the last clamp.
  9. Once all of the components are secure, start the engine of the vehicle with the good battery first, then the one with the dead battery.
  10. When the process is complete, carefully remove the jumper cables. This should be done in the reverse order that they were placed on. The car assisting you can now be turned off.

Because you don’t want the jump-started battery to immediately die again, the engine should remain running for at least 10 minutes. Remember to check your owner’s manual because there may be different recommendations from the manufacturer.

Other Helpful Hints

What happens when your car won’t jump-start? It could be a sign that it is time to replace the battery. However, this could also be an indicator that a more serious problem could be the culprit. The tips below may help you determine what the issue is.

  • If the electrical systems of the car turn on, and the engine still does not, the issue could be caused by the ignition switch, battery, starter, or a fuse. If this is the case, it is best to have your vehicle looked at by a professional at the Jennings Volkswagen service center.
  • Remember that the vehicle should stay running for at least 10 minutes after it has been jump-started. If you do not do this and the battery dies again, you will need to once again try and jump-start the car.
  • If you have attempted to turn the car on but all you hear is a clicking sound, the starter may be to blame. In that case, your vehicle will also need the attention of a service professional.

Jennings Volkswagen Makes Auto Service Hassle-Free for Northbrook Drivers

Whether your vehicle simply requires a new battery or is in need of more substantial repairs, the team at Jennings Volkswagen near Park Ridge would be glad to help. Contact us today with any questions.

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