How to jump start a car
Published on: August 24, 2016 02:12 (EAT)
It is an essential skill that any driver should have, but if you ask five people how to jump-start a car with a run-down battery, you could get five different answers. Here’s the right way to give a dead battery a boost. Connect the Vehicles Pop the hood of both vehicles. Remember, the red connector is positive, and the black connector is negative. The red clamp on one end connects through to the red clamp on the other; the cables never cross in the center. Take care when connecting the two vehicles – when connecting one clamp, try not to let the other clamp dangle into the engine compartment or rattle around under the hood.
- Firmly connect one red clamp to the positive (+) terminal on the car with the dead battery.
- Connect the other red clamp to the positive (+) terminal on the car with the good battery.
- Connect one black clamp to the negative (-) terminal on the car with the good battery.
- Connect the other black clamp to an unpainted metal surface anywhere in the engine compartment of the car with the dead battery. This will ground the connection – even a bolt or crossbar will do.