How to Jump Start a Car

Jump Start a Car

24/7 roadside assistance comes standard with most new vehicle purchases these days, and that leaves a decently-sized knowledge gap. While roadside assistance can be nice, more often than not you can perform the maintenance yourself before help arrives. Jump starting a car is one of the easier do-it-yourself maintenance tasks. If you don’t know how, don’t fret. We here at Heritage Mitsubishi know the fastest way to jump start a car!

  1. Start off by identifying the battery terminals and jumper cables. The positive terminals and cables are red while the negative terminals and cables are black.
  2. Attach one end of the positive (red) cable to the positive terminal of the dead battery. Attach the other end to the positive terminal of the live battery.
  3. Attach one end of the negative (black) cable to the live battery’s negative terminal.
  4. The other end of the negative cable attaches to an unpainted piece of metal beneath the hood. Jumping posts and unpainted engine bolts are perfect spots.
  5. Make sure the cables are secure and start the car with the live battery. Let it idle for a few minutes.
  6. Try starting the car with the dead battery. If it starts, let both cars idle. If it doesn’t, wait a few more minutes and try again.
  7. Once both cars are running, disconnect the cables in the opposite order you attached them.

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