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!
- 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.
- 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.
- Attach one end of the negative cable to the live battery’s negative terminal.
- 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.
- Once everything is secure, start the car with the live battery and let it idle for a few minutes.
- 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.
- Once both cars are running, let them idle together for a few minutes.
Remove the cables in the opposite order you attached them.