Sep 16, 2019
If you find yourself with a dead battery on the side of the road or in a car park, then your next step is to jump-start your car.
If you are lucky enough to get someones attention to help you jump-start your car with theirs, you must make sure that the voltage on their battery is at least as much as yours before you do anything. Nothing else about the other car matters as long as your hook up the cables properly;
You can identify the positive terminal on your battery by looking for a ‘POS’ or ‘+’ symbol on the battery.
If you can’t find either of these, then just look for the bigger terminal.
Make sure that the metal surface is unpainted and away from the battery.
If your car doesn’t start, then make sure that the cables are connected properly and have the other car run their engine for another five/ ten minutes. Try to start your car again.
If your car still won’t start then your battery needs more than just a jump start.
If your car fails to start after a few attempts from a jump start, then, unfortunately, you will need to get your battery looked at by a professional and it might need to be replaced.
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