Everyone should be able to jump start a car- whether someone needs help or whether you fall victim to a dead battery, it’s always nice to be able to return the favor.

  • Put both vehicles in park, and shut off the ignition. Parking brakes are encouraged as well.
  • Attach one red clip (positive) to the positive terminal of the dead vehicle’s battery. The plug will show “POS” or “+”- otherwise it will be larger than the negative terminal.
  • Attach the other red clip (positive) to the positive terminal of the working car.
  • Attach one of the black clips (negative) to the negative terminal of the working car.
  • Attach the last black clip (negative) to an unpainted metal portion of the dead car. You can use one of the metal struts that holds up the hood of the car, or a clean nut on the engine block.
  • Start the working vehicle, and let the engine run for a few minutes. The amount of time needed depends on the age of the battery and the amount of time it has been dead.
  • Attempt to start the dead car. If it does not start, wait a few more minutes, and try revving the engine of the working car.
  • Once the dead car is running, disconnect the jumper cables, starting with the black clips (negative). Don’t let the clips touch each other while any part of the cables are still attached to the car.

This is how the cables should look:

Once the dead car is up and running, it is recommended to take a short drive in order for the battery to charge. Driving will allow the vehicle’s alternator to charge the battery, and will prevent your vehicle from dying again once you turn it off.

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