How To Jump Start Your Car

November 20th, 2018 by

close up of jumper cables attached to car battery

It’s rare that you’ll go through life without ever needing to jump-start your car battery, so it’s a good idea to learn how to do it ahead of time to prepare. Follow our step-by-step guide on the proper way to jump-start at Long Island City Volkswagen, and contact our service center near Flushing if you have any questions.

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The Proper Way to Jump Start a Car

Follow these instructions to learn how to jump-start your car in Astoria. It’s important to follow these steps in the order listed to prevent sparks or damage to your battery. You’ll need a set of jumper cables and a second vehicle to assist with the jump.

  1. Park the car with the good battery so that the cars’ hoods are facing each other.
  2. Make sure both vehicles are turned off and the parking brakes on for added safety.
  3. Open the vehicles’ hoods and locate each car battery. Some vehicles have a plastic battery cover which you’ll need to remove to access the terminals.
  4. Identify the positive terminal (it will be red) and the negative terminal (it will be black) on each battery.
  5. Remove any dirt or corrosion from the terminals.
  6. On the dead battery, connect the red (positive) jumper cable clamp to the red (positive) terminal on the dead battery.
  7. On the good battery, connect the other red (positive) clamp to the red (positive) terminal.
  8. Also on the good battery, connect the black (negative) clamp to the black (negative) terminal on the good battery.
  9. Connect the last clamp to the dead car’s frame on an unpainted metal surface.
  10. Take one last look at your cable setup to make sure it is correct.
  11. Have your buddy with the good car start their engine and let it run for a few minutes to charge up your battery.
  12. Start the engine on the dead car. If it doesn’t start right away have the driver of the good car rev their engine a few times.
  13. Once the dead car has been successfully started, let it run. DO NOT turn off the engine yet.
  14. Your buddy can turn off their engine, and while the dead car is still running, you can carefully disconnect the jumper cables.
  15. Without letting any of the clamps touch each other, remove the black (negative) clamps first, then the red (positive).
  16. Drive your previously dead car around for about 10-15 minutes to allow the battery to build up more charge.

More Battery Tips

  1. If you’ve followed steps 1-12 and still your car won’t jump start, it may be time for a battery replacement.
  2. If you hear a clicking sound when you attempt to turn on the engine, the starter might be malfunctioning.
  3. If electrical systems (lights, etc) work but the engine won’t start, there could be an issue with the ignition switch, battery, starter, or a fuse.

If any of these issues arise, schedule service at your Bayside-area service center.

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Whether you need a battery replacement or it’s time to change your tires, come to the Long Island City Volkswagen service center. Don’t forget to check our service specials to save on your next appointment!

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