How to Jump Start a Car

Are you ready to head back home after grocery shopping in the Glenwood Springs area, only to find that your car won’t start? Chances are, you need a jump start or car battery service, but the first option is most likely. Unsure how to jump start a car? These steps from Columbine Ford on how to properly jump start a car will save you from having to connect with a jump start car service.

Proper Way to Jump Start a Car

In order to jump start your car, you will need a set of jumper cables, which you should keep in your car at all times. You will also need to flag down another vehicle for assistance. Once you’re ready, follow these steps.

  • Have the other vehicle face yours, and then make sure the other vehicle powers down. Engage the parking brakes on both cars.
  • Locate the battery under the hood of each model. In some vehicles, the battery terminals are covered by a plastic hood.
  • Identify and clean the positive and negative terminals, ensuring they’re free from corrosion.
  • Connect the red clamp to the positive terminal on your dead battery, and then hook the other red clamp to the positive terminal of the other vehicle’s battery.
  • Connect the black clamp to the negative terminal of the other vehicle’s battery, and the final clamp to an unpainted metal surface on the car’s frame.
  • When all clamps are set, the driver of the other vehicle should start their engine. Then, you can start yours.
  • If your vehicle starts, remove all the jumper cables in reverse order. The other vehicle can now shut off.
  • Keep your vehicle running for at least 10 minutes to ensure there is enough power and it doesn’t die right away. 

More Battery Tips and Tricks

In the event that your car won’t jump start, you may be faced with a more serious problem or in need of a battery replacement. Try the following to troubleshoot the issue:

  • If you hear a clicking sound when you attempt to start the car, the ignition might not be functioning properly. Schedule service at Columbine Ford to sort things out.
  • If your engine doesn’t start but other electrical systems turn on, you may have a problem with any of these components, and it’s worth getting the issue diagnosed near Vail at Columbine Ford:
    • Ignition switch
    • Battery
    • Starter
    • Fuse
  • It’s extremely important to keep your vehicle running after receiving a jump start, allowing the battery to fully recharge.

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Whether you seek car care tips or need to schedule an oil change, the team at Columbine Ford is here for you! Don’t hesitate to get in touch with any questions.

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