Getting a dead battery happens to everyone if you drive long enough. Although it can be a stressful situation, just remember to relax and follow these simple steps. We’ve broken down the methods for jump-starting your car to make it easier than ever.
According to wikiHow, the first thing you should do is make sure that the battery is actually the problem. Turn on your headlights–are they dimmer than normal? If so, it’s probably the battery. Does the car crank slowly or just click? It’s probably the battery. If it’s cranking like normal or if you notice other problems, it may not be the battery.
After locating the battery, follow these simple steps:
- Put the two cars hood to hood if possible. They need to be close, but there should still be room to work. Never touch the two cars.
- Connect one positive clamp (red) the positive terminal (+) on the dead battery.
- Connect the other positive clamp to the positive terminal on the jumper car.
- Connect one negative (black) clamp to the jumper car’s negative terminal.
- Connect the other negative clamp to grounded metal on the dead car. This should be a nut or bolt, preferably one without corrosion. If successful, you may see a small spark when you connect the ground.
- Clear the cables from moving parts.
- Turn on the jumper car and let it sit for 60 seconds.
- Try to start the dead car–if it doesn’t work, let it charge a bit more or reconnect the cables.
- If successful, remove the cables in the order you put them on. Keep the dead vehicle (now working) running for a while.
Remember that connecting jumper cables can be dangerous. Make sure to wear protective equipment, avoid touching exposed metal, and be aware of moving parts.