Easy Steps to Jumpstart a Car

Jumpstarting a car is one of those skills that everyone should have because a dead battery happens to just about everyone. Even if it's not your car, you might find yourself in a situation in which someone else asks you to jump their car. Here are a few steps to do it safely and effectively.

  1. Get both cars as close to each other as possible; nose to nose is best, if possible.
  2. Turn both cars off and set the parking brakes if you are on an incline.
  3. Attach the positive clamp to the positive portion of the dead battery, and attach the other end of the positive cable to the positive portion of the good battery.
  4. Attach the negative clamp to the negative portion of the good battery. Note that your connection is now live. Be sure not to touch the remaining clamp to anything other than a metal portion of the battery.
  5. Run the engine of the running vehicle, revving the engine to provide extra power. After a couple of minutes, try starting the dead vehicle.
  6. When the engine on the previously dead vehicle starts, be sure to run the vehicle for at least 10 minutes to allow the battery to fully charge.

If you are having battery troubles, come to Edwards of Storm Lake, and we'll be happy to install a new battery on your behalf.

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