Jumper Cables



How to Jump Start a Car

Although unfortunate, almost everyone has to deal with being stranded due to a dead car battery. Fortunately, it is easy to jump start your car and get back on the road quickly. Use this guide to figure out how to jump start your car. This will require:

  • Jumper cables
  • Another vehicle
  • Patience
  • A little know-how

Figure out how to jump start your car battery, and count on the team at Bowman Chevy for a variety of automotive tips.

A Step-by-Step Guide
Follow these steps to get your car running and back on the road:

  1. First, make sure the problem is with your car battery. If you turn the key and the engine fails to turn over at all, chances are the issue is a dead battery.
  2. Track down a second vehicle or a portable generator. If you have a portable generator with jumper cables, then you’re all set. If not, you’ll need to find a working vehicle and take out a set of jumper cables.
  3. Put the two cars nose to nose, then make sure both vehicles are in park. This positioning allows the jumper cables to reach both batteries. If that’s not possible, having them side-by-side should be fine as well.
  4. Attach the red clip to your vehicle’s positive terminal. The positive terminal is larger and likely has “POS” or “+” on it.
  5. Attach the red clip to other vehicle’s positive terminal.
  6. Attach the black clip to other vehicle’s negative terminal.
  7. Attach the black clip to an unpainted metal surface on your car that isn’t located near the battery.
  8. Turn on the working vehicle and wait a few minutes.
  9. Turn on your vehicle, and try again in a few minutes if it doesn’t work right away.

Avoid a Dead Car Battery

You can decrease the likelihood of a dead battery by bringing your car to the dealership for service and having it removed and replaced in a timely manner. Bowman Chevy has car batteries on hand, and we provide quick, high-quality auto service. We would be delighted to help with any of your vehicle maintenance needs, from oil changes to battery replacement and everything in between. Did you know many drivers confuse their car battery with the alternator? Explore our guide to alternators and what they do so you can get informed on the differences between the two, and if you’re also looking for service advice on tires, check out our feature on how to make tires last longer!

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