Jump a Dead Battery

Jump a Dead Battery in Eight Steps

Jump a Dead Battery

Misfortune comes in many forms, including a dead car battery. While many would simply choose to call roadside assistance and wait, others would get back on the road much sooner. By knowing how to jump a dead battery yourself, you can save plenty of time. We here at Cronic Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram know how to jump a dead battery in eight simple steps!

  1. Identify the positive and negative terminals on each battery. Positive terminals are usually red while negative terminals are normally black. The same goes for your jumper cables.
  2. Attach one end of the positive (red) jumper cable to the positive terminal of the dead battery. Attach the other positive end to the live battery’s positive terminal.
  3. Attach one end of the negative cable to the live battery’s negative terminal.
  4. Attach the other end to an unpainted piece of metal under the hood. Avoid the battery itself; look for jumping posts or unpainted engine bolts instead.
  5. Once everything is secure, start the car with the live battery and let it idle for a few minutes.
  6. Attempt to start the car with the dead battery. If it starts, let both cars idle for a few minutes. If it doesn’t, let the car with the live battery idle for a few more minutes or call for assistance.
  7. Once both cars are running, let them idle together for a few minutes.

Remove the cables in the opposite order you attached them.