How Do I Jump Start a Car?

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How Do I Jump Start a Car?

A quick way to restart a car on the side of the road is to use some jump start leads with another car or a power pack ( jump starter).

It's first important to check what could have gone wrong with your battery to make sure it's OK to try 

to jump start the car.

The reasons why your battery could be flat are:
  • You left your light on
  • The change of weather temperature has affected your battery
  • Your battery is more than 3 years old
  • Your alternator is faulty and not charging your battery
  • There is a faulty accessory that is draining your battery
  • Your are not using your car often enough for your alternator to fully recharge the battery
If the battery has physical damage or is leaking you need to replace the battery first. Do not try to restart the car.

What you can do to get your car going again:
Use a jump starter if available.
Use a pair of jump start cable with another vehicle that has a working battery to jump start your engine.

Park both cars in neutral next to each other to allow to connect your cable to connect the batteries.
Start the car you want to jump start from in order to keep the battery topped up .
Connect the first end of the RED positive lead to the positive terminal on the working battery. Do the same for the other end of the lead for the flat battery.
Connect the BLACK negative lead to the negative terminal on the working battery. Attach the other end to a metal (earthing) point, such as a bolt or bracket, away from the dead battery. 
Start the car you want to jump start from in order to keep the battery topped up .

After about a minute, try starting the car with the dead battery. 
Once you have your car running, leave the engine on for a couple of minutes to charge the battery.
Remove the jump leads in reverse to the way you attached them. Make sure they don’t touch together or any metal surfaces. You should then drive for at least 30 minutes or leave the engine running.
 
The jump starter:
It’s recommended to use a jump starter that can provide 600 Amp to start a car. If not there are just booster and if your battery is dead it won’t be enough.
Before you proceed make sure your jump starter is fully charged it’s important to keep them fully charged at all time not just for readiness but also because it’s better for the battery it will last longer.
Before you connect it to your car check your battery connection to make sure it’s clean with no corrosion.
Make sure your vehicles lights, A/C, stereo, cigarette lighter port and anything else consuming electricity from your battery is off.
 
How to use a jump starter:
The jump starter in off position.
Connect the positive (+ Red)clamp to your battery’s positive terminal.
Connect the negative (- Black)clamp to an unpainted metallic surface (frame, engine bolt) .
Do not connect onto the negative terminal of the battery.
Turn the jump starter on.
Crank your vehicle for 5 seconds maximum. If the vehicle doesn’t start wait a few minutes and try again.
 
To remove the Jump Starter :
Turn the jump starter off.
Disconnect the negative (- Black)clamp.
Disconnect the positive (+ Red)clamp from your battery’s positive terminal. 
Keep your car running so that your alternator recharge your battery.
 
Recharge the jump starter.
 
Other functions:
Some jump starter include a compressor which is convenient if you have a flat tire or want to inflate some  a mattress.You won’t have to use your car battery for the compressor.

The inverter come with a USB connection, a cigarette lighter and 240Volt connection this allow you to connect different accessories. 

Recharging your jump starter:
It’s important to have a 240Volt and a 12V cigarette lighter plug to recharge your jump starter on the road.

Other option to restart your car :

If you have a manual transmission and some help you could push start the vehicle. 
So if you own a jump starter you won’t have to flag down another  vehicle for a jump start.

 
 
 
 
 

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