How to Jump-Start a Car

Jump starting a car


If you’re planning to head out on the roads of O’Fallon, but your vehicle won’t start, you may need to call for a jump-start, get car battery service, or something similar. Fortunately, jump-starting your vehicle is actually quite simple and can save you money. The automotive experts at Auffenberg Dealer Group have created a handy guide on how to properly jump-start a car so you don’t have to call a jump-start car service. We can also help you find a new battery if it is time for a replacement.

Possible Issues

In most cases, a jump-start is all that is needed to get your car back on the roads of Collinsville. Simply follow our guide below. However, If your car won’t jump-start, it could be a sign that your battery needs to be replaced or an indicator of a more serious problem. Take these steps to troubleshoot the issue:

  1. If you try and start the car but only hear a clicking sound, the problem could be caused by a malfunctioning starter. You will need to set up an appointment to have the starter replaced.
  2. What If the electrical systems of the car turn on, but the engine fails to turn over? There could be several different causes, such as the ignition switch, battery, starter, or a fuse. If this is the issue, it is once again a good idea to have your vehicle looked at by a professional.
  3. If your battery dies soon after you perform a jump-start, you may have turned off the engine too soon. The vehicle needs to keep running for a while after getting the jump so the battery has time to recharge.
Mechanic jump starting a car

The Proper Way to Jump-Start a Car

If you are ready to jump-start your car, you will need to find a set of jumper cables as well as another vehicle to assist you. If you are unable to do so, you can also call a jump-start car service like AAA. Then, all you have to do is follow the simple guide below:

  1. The vehicle that has the working battery should be parked so that it is facing the other vehicle. That vehicle should be shut off. Engage the parking brakes on both the car with the working battery and the car with the drained battery.
  2. Open both hoods and find the batteries. In some makes and models, there may be a plastic hood that covers the battery.
  3. Identify the positive and negative terminals. Before you attempt to jump-start the vehicle, make sure that the terminals are clean and that there are no signs of corrosion.
  4. The red clamp should be attached to the positive post on the dead battery.
  5. After you uncoil the battery cable, take the other red clamp and attach it to the positive terminal of the battery that still has a charge.
  6. The black clamp should be connected to the negative post on the working battery.
  7. Take the last clamp and attach it to an unpainted metal surface on the car’s frame.
  8. If all of the clamps are safely secured, you can engage the engine on the vehicle with the working battery. After that, start the engine of the car with the drained battery.
  9. Once the drainted vehicle has been jump-started, you will need to carefully take off the jumper cables. This step needs to be done in the reverse order of how the cables were connected. You can then turn off the car that was used to help jump-start the dead car.
  10. The vehicle that was jump-started should remain on for at least 10 minutes so that the battery has enough time to recharge. Because there may be different recommendations from the automaker, take a look at your owner’s manual to see what is suggested.

For Dependable Service, Look No Further than Auffenberg Dealer Group

When your vehicle is in need of service near East St. Louis, look no further than the reliable service department at Auffenberg Dealer Group. We want to make sure that your vehicle operates at peak performance levels for as long as possible. Take a look at our current service specials, or contact us with any questions about vehicle care and maintenance.

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