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OwnershipHow to Jump-Start a Car With a Dead Battery

22:20  01 february  2019
22:20  01 february  2019 Source:   consumerreports.org

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Do you need a jump start so that you can get to the store to buy a new car battery ? Follow Consumer Reports' step-by-step guide to using jumper cables. Please call Member Services at 1-800-333-0663. How to Jump - Start a Car With a Dead Battery . Follow this step-by-step guide to using

Whether it's because you left the lights on or your battery is old, most car owners will be faced with a dead battery sooner or later. If you ever find yourself in Try to start the car . Does it turn over very slowly, or does it crank quickly? If it cranks quickly, you do not have a dead battery and a jump start

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When you need a jump start so that you can get to the store to buy a new battery, follow the safety precautions below.

And remember, jumper cables normally have a set of clamps marked red for positive and one marked black for negative. And battery terminals are usually marked with a + for the positive terminal, and a - for negative. You might need to wipe off some grime to see them if your battery is dirty.

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Jumping a dead battery may seem super simple, but you may be surprised by the people who have no idea how to do it. Even if you have learned how to jump

Dealing With Dead Batteries : The Latest Jump - Starting Methods. You probably keep jumper cables in your vehicle so you can solicit a jump if your Jump - starting with a jumper pack (also called a booster pack or a juice pack) is a better alternative. The battery inside the jumper pack provides the

Steps to Jump-Start a Car

  • Park the car you’ll use for jump-starting next to the one with the dead battery, positioned close enough so that the cables will reach. The vehicles should not touch one another.
  • Turn off the ignition on both cars.
  • First, clamp one end of the positive cable to the dead battery’s positive clamp.
  • Now have a helper connect the other end of that cable to the other battery’s positive clamp.
  • Next, connect the negative cable to the negative terminal on the good battery.
  • Finally, connect the other end of the negative cable to a ground on the vehicle with the dead battery. This can be the engine block or another metal surface away from the battery. Be careful not to touch the two ends of the cable together while doing this.
  • Start the rescue car that is providing the electricity.
  • Start the car with the weak battery. If it doesn’t start, check your connections and tighten or clean as needed.
  • If it does start, let the problem car run for at least 20 minutes to allow the battery to recharge before shutting it off.
  • If it still doesn’t start, there is another problem to be addressed. Call a local service station for help.
  • Disconnect the cables in the reverse order.

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