Most seasoned drivers have experienced a dead battery and may need a reminder, but for all new drivers or lucky long-time motorists who have never had to address this challenge, we present the following steps for getting your ride back on the road.
Jumping a Dead Battery
To protect both vehicles from damage and yourself from injury, take the following steps.
• Park vehicles nose-to-nose with enough room between for you to stand. Turn off the running vehicle and ensure that both vehicles have their parking brakes on.
• Make note of the positive (+) and negative (-) posts on both batteries.
• Caution: Once you begin connecting the jumper cables to battery posts, do not allow the metal clamps of the cables to come into contact with anything other than the correct post.
• Attach one end of the positive cable to the positive post on the dead battery.
• Attach the other end of the positive cable to the positive post on the good battery.
• Attach one end of the negative cable to the negative post on the good battery.
• Attach the other end of the negative cable to a metal piece (bracket, etc.), away from the battery and away from moving parts, in the engine compartment of the disabled vehicle.
• Ensure that everyone is away from the engine compartments and start the engine of the car providing the jump.
• Let the car run for 1-2 minutes, revving the engine slightly. Then, attempt to start the disabled car. It may take more than one attempt, but don’t try it more than three or four times.
• Disconnect the jumper cables in the reverse order from the way they were attached, again ensuring their metal ends don’t touch anything.
If you feel uncomfortable with these tasks, please wait until a professional arrives to help you.