How to Start a Car With Jumper Cables

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If your car won't start because the battery is low or dead, a jump-start will get you back on the road in a matter of minutes. This is an easy procedure that anyone with a pair of jumper cables can accomplish.

Difficulty:
Moderately Easy

Instructions

Things You'll Need

  • Jumper Cables
  • Rag
  • Flashlight
  • Booster Car
    • 1

      Determine that a dead battery is the reason your car is not starting. If the engine cranks when you turn the key, the problem is not the battery and jump-starting won't help. If the windshield wipers, lights and heater blower all work, the battery is probably fine and you may have a bad starter. A jump-start won't help if you have a bad starter. If you hear no sound at all when you turn the key or if the engine cranks very slowly and the accessories do not work, then you have a dead or low battery and it's time to break out the jumper cables. You'll need a flashlight if it's dark outside.

    • 2

      Find someone with a running car that can give yours a jump.

    • 3

      Open the hoods on both cars and determine where the batteries are. Park the booster car (the one that's running) so that the batteries are adjacent.

    • 4

      Turn off the booster car.

    • 5

      Attach the red jumper cable's end to the positive terminal on the dead battery. Use a rag to wipe the battery clean if you can't see the Pos or plus (+) sign on the battery. The positive terminal is always slightly larger than the negative one.

    • 6

      Attach the other end of the red cable to the booster battery's positive terminal.

    • 7

      Attach the black jumper cable's end to the booster battery's negative terminal.

    • 8

      Attach the other end of the black jumper cable to a ground on the dead car's engine; any solid metal part works fine. You may see a small spark when you attach the last end. This is normal.

    • 9

      Turn on the booster car and rev the engine.

    • 10

      Turn on the dead car. If it doesn't start, you may have a poor connection at any of the four cable ends. Jiggle each cable end and try starting the car again.

    • 11

      Once the car starts, disconnect the cables in reverse order of attachment: negative, negative, positive, positive.

    • 12

      Keep the engine running on the jumped car for at least 20 minutes or longer so the alternator has sufficient time to recharge your battery.

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