If you ever find yourself with a dead battery or you're asked to help jump start someone else's car, it's important to know just how to jump start your car so you stay safe. Jumping a car can be an easy thing to learn, so follow this simple guide the next time you find yourself in this unlucky position.

  1. Make sure you have a pair of jumper cables in your car. They're an inexpensive and practical purchase, and odds are they'll come in handy at some point. There's one red cable and one black cable in a set, and the longer cables you get, the better off you generally are.
  2. To jump start the dead battery, you'll need to park a second car close enough to the first to connect the jumper cables to both cars and turn them off. Then you'll pop the hoods of both cars and get out your cables.
  3. Each battery will have positive and negative terminals located on the battery. These should be clearly marked. The first thing you'll do is connect one end of the red cable to the positive terminal on the dead battery, then clip the other end to the positive terminal on the working battery.
  4. Next, clip one end of the black cable to the negative terminal on the good battery. The other end of the black cable should connect to an unpainted piece of metal connected to the dead battery.
  5. Now start the car with the working battery and let it idle for a bit to charge the dead battery. After a few minutes, rev the engine for around a minute and then try to start the other car. Once it starts, remove the jumper cables in reverse order from how you put them on.
  6. Don't turn off your car for at least twenty minutes after it starts so the battery can recharge itself. After that, you should be back on the road in no time.

If your battery does die on you, be sure to bring your vehicle into Shults Resale Center, where we will happily perform a diagnostic test to see if you're due for a new one. If you still have questions about how to jump start your car, come by and talk with our expert mechanics in our service department. We are more than happy to help you learn how to safety jumpstart your car so you will be prepared for whatever comes your way. 

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