Everyone should know how to jump-start a vehicle. It's a simple process and takes much less time than calling a tow truck (or a sympathetic friend). Jump-starting a car is as easy as remembering which cables go where. The key is keeping cables in every vehicle you have - cars, crossovers, vans and anything else you drive - and knowing how to utilize them.
You will first need to identify if the problem is a dead battery. If you turn the ignition and hear the engine cranking, a dead battery is not the issue. If you turn the key and nothing happens, jumping the car will likely get you back on the road.
Follow these simple steps to jump starting a car:
1. Make sure both vehicles are turned off, and pop the hoods. Don't let the vehicles touch.
2. Connect the end of the positive (red) cable to the positive terminal on the stalled battery. This terminal will have a positive sign on it or "POS."
3. Connect the positive (red) cable clamp to the positive terminal of the working battery.
4. Connect one end of the negative (black) cable to the negative terminal of the working battery.
5. Connect the negative (black) cable to a clean, unpainted metal part under the hood of the car with the dead battery. The engine block is a recommended place.
Make sure you do not connect the black cable to the negative terminal of the dead battery. It could result in sparks and even an explosion.
6. Start the car with the working battery, and run it for two to three minutes.
7. Remove the cables in reverse order. Keep your car running at least 30 minutes so the battery can recharge.
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