A car battery, being an essential part of your vehicle performs the most important functionality to start your car i.e. cranking the engine. But if one day, when you are about to start your vehicle and unfortunately, you found your car battery is dead, then it might be a tough time for you. Never be worried..! You can make your dead car battery back to its life if you have all the necessary equipment. This article is going to explain the steps to jumpstart your car. Furthermore, the necessary things that you need to let your car back on the road are:
- A set of jumper cables.
- A portable power unit or another vehicle with a charged battery.
- Safety equipment such as safety glasses and gloves.
Now, follow the steps to jumpstart your car.
- If you have enough space at your car parking location, bring the two cars one opposite the other i.e. about 18″ apart. Make sure that there is no disturbance for the vehicles passing by or you are performing this procedure away from the traffic.
- Then, turn off both the cars. Put manual transmission cars in neutral and automatic transmission cars in the park. Now, make sure that the vehicles cannot move by setting the parking brakes firmly.
- Check the positive and negative terminals on both the batteries. However, it is known that the positive terminal is wider than the negative terminal.
Caution: – When you complete these three steps and begin to follow the next steps, make sure you take complete precautionary measures. Do not touch any metal portion of the car or the jumper cable clamps. Also, wear protective gloves while you are handling the battery terminals.
- Furthermore, the positive and negative jumper cables are available in red and black color respectively in order to help you keep track of the two separate wires. Now, connect the positive cable clamp’s one end to the positive terminal of the dead battery and the other end of the cable to the positive terminal of a good car battery.
- Now, take the negative cable clamp’s one end and connect it to the negative terminal of a good car battery.
- Take the other end of the negative cable clamp and attach it to the metal section (block, bracket, etc.) away from the battery. Do not take any pulleys or belts as using them can be dangerous. It is recommended to connect this cable end away from the battery in order to avoid potential hazards or sparks.
- Make sure that everyone involved in this process is well-educated about the engine compartments. Stay away and do not allow your hands or clothing get come in contact with the moving engine parts.
- Now, start the engine of the good car battery vehicle with the connected jumper cables and let it run for 5 minutes. Later, attempt in starting the disabled battery’s vehicle and if the engine won’t turn on, you can try repositioning the negative jumper cable clamp to the unpainted metal surface. (Make sure that the metal surface is clean for a good connection).
- If the engine of the disabled battery won’t start in one or two attempts, then try to race the good condition car battery vehicle’s engine so that the alternator could provide more amperage.
- When the dead car battery vehicle gets started, you can remove the jumper cables in the reverse order of how they were connected. Then, run the vehicle for at least 10-15 minutes so that the car battery gets recharged. Jumpstart your car with the following steps and make the dead car battery back to its life
Car Battery Maintenance Tips: –
- When you are charging your car battery, make use of the caps in space.
- Check the car battery water level regularly. If the water level is below the minimum point indicator, then fill it with the distilled water before charging. This helps in reducing the space for the accumulation of gas.
- Never place any inflammable liquid or gas near the battery.
- Before you charge your car battery, place a wet cloth over the caps. If in case there is any shorting in the terminals, this helps in preventing the chance of getting fire into the battery.
- Firstly, connect the charger to the battery terminals and then connect the charger plug to the AC socket. This process helps in preventing sparkling in the terminals.
- After charging, you should disconnect the negative terminal first.
- Furthermore, in order to prevent terminal shorting, make sure you do not place any metal object near the battery.
- If the battery terminals are corroded, then remove it. The corroded material results in terminal heating or reduction in the flow of charge due to high resistance.
- If you have any metal wearing or bangles on your body, then remove it before handling the battery charger. If any shorting takes place, then it can burn your hands.
- Always, make use of the transformer-based charger. Before you remove clips, try removing the AC plug first. More tips
- Furthermore, you can replace the battery with a trusted brand online.