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Jump-Starting a Dead Battery Is Easy

Learning how to jump-start a dead battery is something every driver should do. You never know when you’re going to end up with a dead battery that needs to be jumped in order to get the engine started. Trojan Auto Care is going to list the steps to jump-start a battery below. Once you have the engine started, drive to our shop so we can test the battery and replace it if necessary.

Position the Cars

First, you must find a good Samaritan who will let you use his or her car battery to jump your car battery. Once you have done so, as the good Samaritan to park his or her car so that both of the vehicles’ engines are facing each other. The cars should be parked far enough apart to allow working space between them. Usually, 18 inches is a good distance.

Open the Hoods

Once the cars are parked and the parking brakes are set, open each hood on each vehicle and secure them so they won’t close. Next, locate each battery in each engine and remove any battery covers. Check the battery terminals on the dead battery for corrosion. If they are corroded, remove the corrosion before attaching the jumper cable clamps.

Connect the Jumper Cables

You are going to place the clamps on the battery terminals over the battery cables. Connect one positive clamp to the working battery’s positive terminal. Connect the second positive clamp to the dead battery’s positive terminal. Connect one negative clamp to the negative terminal of the working battery. Connect the other negative clamp to the negative terminal of the dead battery.

Start the Cars

Have your good Samaritan start his or her car first. The car with the working battery needs to be running before you attempt to jump-start the dead battery. Once the charging vehicle is running, start the car with the dead battery. It should fire up. If it does, allow the engine to run for a moment.

Disconnect the Jumper Cables

With the engine still running because it needs to recharge the battery, disconnect the negative clamp from the negative terminal on the jump-started battery and then the negative clamp from the good Samaritan’s battery. Next, disconnect the positive clamp from the jumped battery and the positive clamp from the good Samaritan’s battery.

Head to Trojan Auto Care in Troy, OH, so we can check your battery to see if it will hold a charge.

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