If nothing happens when you try to start your car, chances are that you are dealing with an empty battery. It happens, a battery is a part of wear, but it is almost always at the least suitable moment. If you know how to start a car quickly, you can hit the road again in a matter of minutes. All you need is a set of jumper cables and another car with a good battery. This is how it works.
Causes of empty batteries
It is rare that a car that runs regularly has a completely empty battery; it is more common when cars are stationary for a long time. But older batteries have a harder time holding a charge ̵
Step 1: Purchase a set of jumper cables
Make sure you carry a set of jumper cables with you in case. Each set will do the job, but look for cables with a length of 4 to 6 with a length of 10 to 20 feet. Cables of that size must be durable enough to work reliably, and a relatively long length offers flexibility, in case you cannot park another car directly next to the car being jumped. However, you don't want cables that are too long, because the extra distance that electricity has to travel can reduce the strength of the load.
Portable jump starters are also available, but the batteries that feed them must be kept charged to work.
Step 2: Find a power source
You must park the moving vehicle close enough to the vehicle being jumped for the cables to reach from battery to battery, so identify where the battery is in every vehicle. Batteries are usually mounted in the engine compartment, towards the front, but that is not always the case. They can be covered by plastic covers, which must be removed before jumping, in the trunk or under the rear seat. If you familiarize yourself with all this beforehand, you can save time when you actually have to jump a car.
Step 3: Connect the Jumper Cables
Once the running vehicle is maneuvered position, turn it off and open both covers. Now it's time to disconnect the jumper cables.
Make sure that the red (positive) and black (negative) terminals do not touch each other when working with jumper cables. As soon as the electricity starts to flow through the cables, sparks are created and this can lead to a short circuit in one or both vehicles. One person at each end of the cables can make the whole process easier.
The terminals connect to battery terminals, which are exposed metal nodes with wires connected to it. Before connecting the cables, wipe away dirt or dirt to ensure a good connection. Confirm which terminal is positive (+) and which is negative (-). Normally you will find every symbol on the battery itself, next to the terminal. Sometimes the positive is under a red cover. Ask for help when in doubt; it saves you a potentially expensive repair bill.
Did you find them? Good. Connect one of the red terminals to the positive pole of the empty battery. Then connect the other red terminal to the positive pole of the active battery. Then connect a black terminal to the negative pole of the active battery. Instead of connecting the second black to the negative pole of the empty battery, look for an unpainted metal surface on the vehicle and connect it instead. This makes jumping safer.
Step 4: Start it up
Start the functioning car and then try starting the dead car. If the car refuses to start, the battery may be too far away, in which case it may need to be replaced or simply needs more time to charge. If the interior light comes on, or you hear the engine try to start and not get stuck, you may have other problems.
If the jump is successful and your car starts, run it while disconnecting the cables. Ensure that the terminals do not touch each other while part of the cable is still attached to the battery. Disconnect the clamps in the reverse order of how they were attached, starting with the black clamp clamped on the car to be jumped and ending with the red clamp on the positive pole of that car's battery.
Run the car when the cables are disconnected. You must give the battery sufficient time to charge, so a short drive is enough.