You jump into the car and turn the key. Nothing happens. You look up at the dome light and notice it’s on the “on” position. Doh! You left the dome light on all night and now your battery is dead. How many times has this happened to you?
Are you afraid of trying to jump start you car because you think you’ll blow your car up? In this post, I’ll give a step-by-step guide on how to jump start a dead battery so you won’t be left hanging next time you leave your car lights on.
- Always carry jumper cables with you in the car. You never know when you’ll need them or when someone else will need them.
- Make sure both cars are turned off.
- Connect one end of the red (positive) jumper cable to the positive terminal on the stalled battery.
- Then connect the other red (positive) cable clamp to the positive terminal of the good battery.
- Connect one end of the black (negative) jumper cable to the negative terminal of the good battery.
- Then connect the other black (negative) cable to a clean, unpainted metal surface under disabled car’s hood. Do not connect negative cable to the negative terminal of the dead battery, unless you want to see some sparks and possibly an explosion.
- Start the car that’s doing the jumping, and allow it to run for about 2 to 3 minutes before starting the dead car.
- Remove cables in reverse order.
- Keep jumped car running for at least 30 minutes to give the battery sufficient time to recharge itself.