How to Jump Start a Car

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Having trouble getting your vehicle to start? If so, there is a good chance that your vehicle will require a jump start, car battery service, or something similar. In most cases, a jump start should be all that is necessary to get you back on the roads of Brandon. Our guide to how to properly jump start a car can eliminate the need to call a jump start car service. If you think your vehicle may be in need of a new battery, visit the service center at Reeves Volkswagen near Wesley Chapel.

The Proper Way to Jump Start a Car

Before you can begin, you will need to locate a set of jumper cables and another vehicle that is willing to provide assistance. Another option is to call a jump start car service like AAA. After you have everything needed, just follow the guide below:

  1. The car with the good battery should be parked facing the vehicle with the dead battery. The vehicle should be turned off. Be sure to engage the parking brake on both vehicles.
  2. Pop open the hoods of both cars and locate the batteries. For some vehicles, there may be a plastic hood over the battery terminals.
  3. Identify the positive and negative terminals. There should not be any corrosion on them.
  4. Connect the red clamp to the positive post on the dead battery.
  5. Uncoiling the battery cable, hook the other red clamp to the positive terminal of the battery with the charge.
  6. The black clamp should be attached to the negative post on the working battery.
  7. The last clamp should be connected to an unpainted metal surface on the car’s frame.
  8. If all of the components are secure, start the engine of the vehicle with the good battery before the one with the dead battery.
  9. Once the dead vehicle has been jump-started, take the jumper cables off carefully. This will need to be done in the reverse order that they were placed on. After they have been removed, shut off the car that was used to help jump-start the dead car.
  10. The vehicle that has been restarted should remain on for at least 10 minutes. Your owner’s manual may have different recommendations.

Additional Battery Tips and Tricks

If your car won’t jump start, it could be a sign that your battery needs to be replaced. It can also signal other issues with the car that could be more significant. These steps can help troubleshoot the problem:

  • If the car won’t start and you hear a clicking sound, it could indicate a problem with the starter.
  • If the electrical systems of the car turn on, but the engine fails to turn over, there are a few components that could be the culprit. The ignition switch, battery, starter, or a fuse can cause this to happen. Let the experts at the Reeves Volkswagen service center determine the cause.
  • Be sure to keep your vehicle running for a while after getting the jump. If you don’t, the battery may not have a chance to fully recharge.

Trust the Team at Reeves Volkswagen for Service

From new batteries to oil changes, the service center at Reeves Volkswagen has you covered. Set up an appointment or stop by the dealership today. You can also contact us at any time.

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