How to Jump Start a Car

January 24th, 2019 by

Charging battery car with jumper cables with red and black clamps

When your vehicle won’t start, you’ll need to jump start your car battery. To learn the proper way to jump start a car, follow these simple tips from the Sam Leman Mazda service center. If your battery is old or your car won’t jump start, it’s time to have your battery replaced.

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How to Properly Jump Start a Car

To jump start your car, you’ll need a set of jumper cables and another vehicle to hook them up to. You could also contact a jump start car service. But if you prefer to do it yourself, follow these steps:

  1. Have the second car with the good battery park facing your vehicle. Make sure the vehicle is turned off, and both vehicles should have their parking brakes on.
  2. Open both hoods and find the batteries. Identify the positive and negative terminals, making sure they’re free of dirt and/or corrosion.
  3. Connect the red clamp to the positive terminal on your vehicle’s battery. Attach the other red clamp to the positive terminal of the other vehicle’s battery.
  4. Connect the black clamp to the negative terminal in the other car, then connect the final clamp to an unpainted metal surface of your car’s frame.
  5. Once the clamps are all properly attached, start the engine of the second car first, then start your car.
  6. Keep your vehicle running for a while after you’ve jumped the battery to allow the battery to recharge after it’s been drained.

More Battery Tips and Tricks

If your car won’t start, even after you’ve jumped the battery, you might need to replace the battery, or it could be a sign of another issue.

  • If you you hear a click sound when you try to start your vehicle, the starter might be malfunctioning.
  • If the engine won’t turn over but the electrical systems turn on, it could be an issue with the battery, ignition switch, fuse, or starter.

If you experience these or other issues with your used Mazda3 or Mazda CX-5, it’s time to schedule a service appointment with your local Bloomington service center. Let the specially trained service technicians diagnose the problem, so you get your vehicle back in proper working order. Contact us with any questions.

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