It is never too late to learn how to jumpstart a car. In fact, it is a pivotal skill that every driver should learn. Right now, the pandemic has struck most of the world. Streets are almost empty, and many drivers haven’t driven for several weeks already. Surely, you might be in the same boat, too.
You cannot just let a car sit idle for a long time. Otherwise, its battery will eventually die. But since of the lockdown measures, our vehicles were forced to a standstill. It is important that you should check yours, too.
If you deem that your battery is already dead, reviving it is necessary. One of the efficient and fastest methods to do this is through a jumpstart. This is a simple technique that doesn’t take up ten minutes of your time. It only requires minimal equipment, as well. You only need a set of jumper cables and another vehicle where you can attach the said wires.
Don’t worry a thing here: learning to jumpstart a vehicle is not a daunting task. Everybody is capable of doing it.
How To Choose A Pair Of Jumper Cables
You can never jumpstart the battery of your car without having a set of jumper cables. Therefore, it is important that you can have one. Even the simplest pair of cables is already useful here.
If you have jumper cables in your garage or your toolbox, you are good to go. But if you are just about to buy one, it would be great if you get a unit with a size of 4 to 6 gauge. The length should be around 20 feet.
It is also recommended that you get beefy and thick cables. They can establish a secure connection between the batteries. Moreover, the clamps should never be flimsy. They must have a heavy-duty construction to ensure that you can jumpstart properly.
Long cables are essential so that regardless of the distance, you will be able to make a connection. It is not always possible to place vehicles near each other.
Don’t worry about the cost of these jumper cables. They are not expensive. They do come at a reasonable price. Just remember that they are an important investment for emergencies on the road. Acquiring them is actually beneficial rather than being a cause of regret.
Establishing The Connection
Now that you have a pair of jumper cables, it is already time that you learn how to jumpstart a car.
Whenever you are handling jumper cables, do not let the black and red clamps from touching each other. By doing this, you can guarantee that the wires will not be mishandled. It would be best if there’s another person at the other end of the connection to ensure that the clamps are not in contact with each other. When they are hot, and they touch each other, the clamps can cause a short circuit in both of the vehicles. Of course, that could result in some hazardous sparks.
- Start the process by ensuring that the vehicle with an operating battery is near the car that has a dead battery.
- Next, you need to open the hood of both the vehicles. Locate where the batteries are placed. Typically, there’s a plastic hood that covers the battery posts or the battery itself.
- Remove the hood so that you can have access to the battery posts. You need to have the right tools so that you can remove the hood. You might also need to learn how to do this before attempting to jumpstart a battery.
- Once the battery posts are exposed, you need to locate which one is positive and negative. Usually, the positive post has a red cable that is connected to it. However, if you want to be sure, just look for the plus and minus signs to indicate the polarity or charge of the posts.
- Remove any gunk or dirt in the post before making the connection. After all, dirty posts will deter a strong and stable connection. Once they are clean, attach the red clamp to the positive post of the dead battery. After that, connect the other red clamp to the positive post of the battery of the running car.
- After the red clamps, do the same process of the black clamps. Specifically, connect the black clamp on the negative post of the dead battery first. However, the remaining black clamp should not be attached to the negative post of the working battery. Instead, affix them to an unpainted part of the frame of the vehicle (i.e., engine bolt). Doing this would ensure the safety of the connection.
- Once the connection is established, start the functioning car first. After that, start the vehicle with a dead battery. Your engines should start running now.