Jump Start a Car

How to Jump Start a Car

Find yourself in need of a jump start? Learn how to properly jump start a car battery instead of needing to call the local San Antonio jump start car service. Knowing how to jump start a car can help you save time and money, so it is a great skill to have. Learn more about the process today with the Nyle Maxwell Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Castroville service team guide online, then be sure to check out our other service tips and tricks.



The Proper Way to Jump Start a Car

To jump start a car battery, first, you’ll need to get a set of jumper cables and have access to another running vehicle to give your vehicle a charge. After you have everything you need, check out the steps to jump start a car battery:

  • Park the cars facing each other, both vehicles off and parking brakes engaged.
  • Find the batteries under the hoods, perhaps under a plastic hood. 
  • Locate the positive and negative terminals. 
  • First, connect the red clamp to the positive post on the dead battery. 
  • Next, hook the other red clamp to the positive terminal on the charged battery.
  • From there, attach the black clamp to the negative post on the charged battery.
  • Next, ground the last black clamp to an unpainted metal surface of the car.
  • Lastly, start the engine of the vehicle with the charged battery, then start the engine with the dead battery. 
  • After the dead car has been powered, remove the jumper cables in reverse order: grounded clamp, black clamp, and red clamps.
  • Run the engine on the restarted vehicle for at least 10 minutes to recharge the battery.

Now that you know how to jump start a car, you can get back on the Balcones Heights roads. 

Car Won’t Jump Start: Why?

If your car still won’t jump start before hitting the Alamo Heights roads, there could be another issue. While this could mean that the battery needs to be replaced, this could also be a sign of a more serious problem with the vehicle’s starter. If your car won’t jump start, look for these warning signs:

  • If you only hear a clicking sound when you try to start your car, that is often indicative of a problem with the starter.
  • If the car fails to start, but the electrical components of the car turn on, this could be an indicator of a number of problems. It could be the sign of either a faulty ignition switch, bad battery, a broken starter, or a blown fuse. 

Schedule a Service Appointment with Nyle Maxwell Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Castroville!

We hope you enjoyed our how-to jump start car battery guide. The service department at Nyle Maxwell Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Castroville in Castroville is here to help you find more service tips as well as to help you keep your model running smoothly for many years to come. Our team also offers service and parts specials for additional savings. When the time comes for vehicle services, trust your vehicle to the certified technicians at Nyle Maxwell Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Castroville. Contact us today!

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