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How to Jump Start a Car


Car Problems

It never fails that your car battery dies at the most inopportune time. When you face a dead car battery it helps to know how to jump start the vehicle. Our world class collision repair center near Irvine, CA has the tips you need to get back on the road in Southern California.

Tools Needed to Jump Start a Car

Before you start recharging your battery, you will need access to the following tools.

  • Jumper cables
  • A power source: either another vehicle or a portable battery charger

If you have a portable jump starter, you won’t need to get another vehicle to help. However, this tool must be charged before leaving home to ensure it is ready to jump the battery.

Additionally, before you get started, you want to follow some basic safety precautions.

  • Read the owner’s manual before using any tools.
  • Do not jump start your corroded or damaged battery.
  • Don’t allow the clamps to touch one another.

How to Jump Start a Car

If you have a dead battery, consider these steps to get the battery going again.

  • Have another car pull to the hood of your car.
  • Connect the red clips to the positive battery terminals first.
  • Connect the black clips to the negative battery terminal second.
  • Start the car that is running correctly.
  • Allow the vehicle to idle for a few minutes.
  • Attempt to start the dead battery car. 
  • If it starts, you can remove the clips in reverse order. If it doesn’t give it a few more minutes of idling before trying again.
  • Once the car battery is running, drive the vehicle for at least 15 minutes to ensure a charge.

If you can’t get the battery running again, you might require a replacement. This is the best time to visit your local quality confidence and value repair center near Costa Mesa, CA. We aren’t just an Audi vehicle repair center, but we are authorized to perform BMW repairs near Mission Viejo, CA. Contact us at Spectrum Collision today.

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