How to Jump a Car Battery

You go to start your car in the morning only to be greeted by an odd clicking sound and nothing else. Your car battery is dead.

If you find yourself stranded with a dead battery in Lewistown, Bellefonte or State College, here’s a helpful step-by-step guide on how to jump a car battery, so you can get back on the road in no time.

How to Jump a Car Battery

Before beginning, please remember that there is a potential for a serious electric shock, so be sure to follow these directions exactly. If you feel uncomfortable jumping your own car battery, contact a service center for help.

If your car is dead, you’ll need a Good Samaritan with a working car battery and some jumper cables. The two cars should be parked as close together as possible, paying attention to the locations of the batteries. Both cars should be shut off before attaching jumper cables.

Attach the red, positive cable to the positive battery terminal of the your battery, then attach the other positive cable to the positive battery terminal of the working battery.

Next, attach the black, negative cable to the good car battery, and attach the other negative cable to a solid, unpainted metal surface on your car to ground it. Be sure to find the spot farthest from the battery and avoid any moving parts of your engine.

Start the working car and let it run for a few minutes, then start your own car and let it run for a few minutes.

After your car has had an opportunity to recharge, remove the cables. Start with the negative cable on your car, then the negative cable on the good car, then the red from your car, then the red from the good car.

Let your car run for a few minutes to charge the battery back up and ensure it has the necessary power.

What If It Doesn’t Work?

If you try jumping your car battery and it doesn’t work, you can try one or two more times. If it still doesn’t work, you may have corrosion on your battery terminals that’s preventing the metal clamps on the jumper cables from fully contacting the metal. You can try to clean them off to remove the corrosion and create a proper connection.

Your battery could also just be failing, which means you need a replacement battery to avoid this problem in the future.

The other possibilities involve your starter or alternator, both of which require an inspection and repair from a qualified service technician.

Schedule Your Service Appointment at The Lake Dealerships

Now that you know how to jump a car battery, you’re unlikely to be stranded in a car that won’t start ever again. It’s always best to be prepared and keep a set of jumper cables in your car at all times, or subscribe to a service that provides emergency roadside assistance.

If you’re still having problems with your car battery in Lewistown, Bellefonte or State College, feel free to contact the service center at The Lake Dealerships. Our service technicians would be happy to help you with your car’s battery problems, so call or stop by today to schedule your service appointment!