A guide to jumpstarting your car

There are a few basic vehicle maintenance jobs that everyone should know, if they are driving a vehicle. Relatively simple tasks like topping up your windscreen washer fluid, checking your oil and changing a tyre. Knowing how to jump start a car with a dead battery is another useful thing to know to get you out of a fix.

Having a dead battery can leave you in difficult situations and normally happens at the worst possible time – getting to work or on the way to an important appointment. Carrying some jump cables in your car is recommended as it could help you get back on track without having to call out recovery. Here’s how to jump start your battery:

If your car won’t start due to a dead battery, you might be able to use jump leads to get it going again. You’ll need another willing vehicle driver to lend you some juice from their battery. It’s important to ensure that the helpful driver of the other vehicle has at least the same voltage as your battery.  However, if either your vehicle or theirs has an electronic ignition or alternative fuel, using jump cables could be damaging.

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Here’s how you safely jump start your car:

  1. Retrieve your jump cables from wherever you store them in your vehicle. It’s always a good idea to have a set with you or you will have to find someone who can not only help you jump start but borrow their cables too.
  2. Make sure both vehicles are in neutral gear or park mode and turn off ignitions. Also apply the parking brake in each vehicle.
  3. Clip one of the red clips onto the positive terminal of your battery. This will have the letters POS or a plus sign on it. The positive terminal is larger than the negative terminal.
  4. Clip on the other red clip to the positive terminal of the other vehicle.
  5. Fix one of the black clips to the other vehicle’s negative terminal and the other black clip to a metal surface on your vehicle that’s unpainted and isn’t close to the battery. You could use one of the metal hinges that holds up the bonnet.
  6. Start the engine of the working vehicle, letting the engine run for a good few Then,see if you can start your vehicle.
  7. If nothing happens, make sure you have the cables correctly connected and leave the working vehicle’s engine running for a few more minutes. If your car still won’t start, it’s time for a new battery. For a speedy replacement Car Battery Supplier, Groves Batteries are the UK’s go to Car Battery Supplier
  8. If jump starting your car works then whatever you do, don’t turn off your engine! Go for a drive for 15-20 minutes to give your battery a chance to recharge. If the same thing happens the next time you try to start your car, the battery is no longer holding any charge and will need to be replaced.