Jump Starting Your Car

A dead battery is not something we think about until it happens to us. With careful preparations, ahead of time, even this inconvenience is easier to manage. Here is what you should know about jumpstarting your vehicle when the need arises.

  1. Make sure you are parked out of the way of traffic.
  2. Pull a vehicle with a charged battery nose to nose with the one with the dead battery.
  3. Check to see which is the negative and positive battery posts on each vehicle. The positive post is typically indicated with red, but if that is not the case it will be slightly larger in size.
  4. The jumper cables should be identified in the same manner, but if you are uncertain about this ask someone with experience to help.
  5. Attach the negative cable end to the negative battery post on the dead battery and the positive cable end to the positive battery post.
  6. Attach the cables to the other car in the same manner, but the negative end can either be placed on the battery post or another sturdy metal frame component of the vehicle.
  7. Now, start the vehicle with the charged battery allowing it to run a few minutes before attempting to start the one that is being jumped.
  8. Turn the ignition switch on the vehicle with the dead battery to see if it will start.

You may need to go through these steps again if nothing happens to ensure the cable ends are properly connected. If you need help with your battery, you can get in touch with our service center at Lewis Chrysler Dodge Jeep in Fayetteville, AR.

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