Car battery failure is a common thing when you are driving an old car. Failure of battery happens due to several reasons such as batteries being discharged as headlights were kept on overnight, faulty wiring, or simply age of the battery. Whenever you encounter a problem of a weak battery for engine start up, you can always take help from a fellow car owner to jumpstart your car.
Jumper cables play an important role in jumpstarting your car when your battery is unable to power the starter motor. One needs basic training in using the jumper cables to start the car. Along with training, one needs to follow safety procedures as well to avoid any unnecessary short circuits. If you can use the cables properly by connecting them to the right ports, you will be able to jumpstart the car safely.
But first, you need to take a few precautions.
Precautions to jumpstart your car
- Check the polarity before installing the cables
- Some cars are positive ground instead of negative ground, ensure that the cables don’t touch the body.
- Avoid jumper cables to start the car if any of the cars have an electronic ignition system.
- Avoid jumper cables if your car runs on an alternative fuel system.
Procedure to jumpstart your car:
Whenever the need arises for jumpstart service, it is time for battery service Fawkner, Victoria professionals like Fawkner Towing to come into the picture for battery maintenance. But first, let’s get your car started by following this procedure:
TAKE OUT YOUR JUMPER CABLES
It’s recommended to buy a set of jumper cables and store them in the trunk compartment. If you do not have jumper cables in your car, then approach the car owner who happens to keep jumper cables. Only then will you be able to start the car effortlessly.
PARK BOTH THE VEHICLES NEAR EACH OTHER
Parking the car near each other will help you to connect the cables easily to the battery terminals of the cars.
ENGAGE PARKING BRAKES ON BOTH THE VEHICLES
This way, the cars will be stationed in a fixed position and will not move after one starts the engine or when parked on a slope.
SHUT OFF THE IGNITION IN BOTH THE CARS
You do not want unwanted short circuits or sparks flying while connecting the cables. Hence, it is recommended to keep the ignition off.
CONNECT THE TERMINALS
Connect the positive terminal of one car battery to another with a cable that comes with red clips. Connect the negative terminal of one car battery to another with a cable that comes with black clips. Once the connection is done, you can turn the ignition on to start the car. If the car starts, then rev the engine for 5 minutes before disconnecting the cables.
If the car does not start, then the voltage given by the other car’s battery is not sufficient. In this case, you should start the other car and check the ignition again. Once your car starts, disconnect the cables slowly. Disconnect the positive terminal first and then the negative terminal.
Drive the car around for 15 minutes and see whether the car starts again or not. If it fails to start, then it is time to visit the car battery shop for maintenance or battery replacement.
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