Jump Start Your Car's Battery

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If you've ever left your lights on, a door open or even if your car battery is not holding its charge like it used to, then you've probably had a fully drained car battery at least once in your life. When your car won't start and you need to get somewhere in a hurry, you can always jump-start your car without the need of an expensive call to roadside assistance, or having to replace your battery right away. Keep reading to discover the steps necessary to jump-start your car's battery.

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Setting Up for the Jump

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    Most importantly, you'll need jump-leads or jumper cables.
    These can be purchased from auto supply shops or from the automotive sections in major department and hardware stores. Many service, gas and testing stations also supply them.
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    Make sure that any switches, buttons, etc., for electronics in the car are set to off.
    This can include, headlights, wiper settings, A/C, etc.
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    Make sure that the transmission is in neutral.
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    You will either need help from a friend or family member with a running car, or you could use a charged automotive battery or booster battery to perform the jump.
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Steps to Jump Start

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    Connect the batteries, using the leads.
    The leads will be colored red and black, each corresponding to positive and negative (red for positive). Connect the positive lead to both batteries first, ensuring that you are using the positive terminals. These terminals are sometimes colored red on the batteries, but if there is no color coding, check the marking next to the terminals which will show "+" for positive.
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    Now connect the negative leads to the negative terminals.
    Again, if there is no color coding around the terminal, just ensure that there is a negative marking which will be shown as "-".
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    Make sure that the leads aren't obstructing any parts in the engine bay of the car, like fans or any other moving parts.
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    Once you have made all the connections and checked for obstructions, turn the ignition of the car with the drained battery.
    Make sure that if you are jumping from another car, the engine is idling so as not to drain its own battery.
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    It may take a few tries to turn the engine over.
    Once your car is running, the leads can be carefully disconnected, making sure that you don't make contact between any of the leads during this process.
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Tips, Tricks & Warnings

  • If you are using another car to jump-start your own and there is not enough charge to turn your engine over, have someone moderately depress the accelerator of the other car while it is running in neutral and try your ignition at the same time. This will ensure that the alternator is giving enough power to the electrical circuit.
  • If you are constantly ending up with a dead battery, you may have a problem with your battery, your alternator or another electrical fault in your car. If this is the case, have your car checked by a mechanic or an automotive electrician as soon as possible.
  • If you have a portable booster pack, regularly check its charge level so you won't be caught a drained battery, especially when there are no other cars around to assist you with a jump-start.

Questions and Answers

Tricks for jumping car battery without another battery?

You start your car but it won't work except for a noise, this may be a problem with the car battery. There isn't enough electrical current passing through. The problem with the car battery could be caused by cold temperatures. The cold weather thickens the car's oil, reducing lubrication to the entire system. Another culprit is corrosion. When lubrication is reduced, the car engine's parts will rub each other, causing corrosion. Hot battery terminals indicate corrosion. You might need a new battery, or perhaps you'll be lucky, and just require a jump-start. You may call a tow truck or do a manual work by:

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  • If you don't have cables you can manually push the car or let it roll from a hill. Maneuver the clutch down. And place the car in second gear. Turn on the ignition without starting the car. Release the brakes. Next release the clutch when the car's speed is at 5 miles per hour. If it still doesn't start, try to position down and release the clutch. As the car is moving keep on driving to charge the battery.
  • Another good way to jump a car battery is to use the clean way of power pack.
  • Another handy thing to have to jump start a car is Jump Genie.
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    You plug this to the cigarette lighter then its juice will jump start the car. This product cost about $70 US dollars. It takes 40 minutes to get the car function properly again.
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Do it Yourself at Home Natural Solutions:?

These tricks aren't guaranteed, but give them a try.

  • Epsom Salts. Mix hot water and Epsom salts and add it to each battery cell. The magnesium sulfate in the Epsom salt will hopefully fix the battery.
  • Baking soda. First scrub the terminals of the car's battery clean. Mix 1 tbsp. of hot water and 3 tbsp. of baking soda and apply to the battery. Wipe with wet towel and wipe again with dry towel. After that, apply petroleum jelly to the battery. The procedure will reduce the formation of corrosion in the battery's terminals.
  • Aspirin. Place 2 aspirin tablets into your car's battery. The acetylsalicylic acid of aspirin will mix with the sulfuric acid of the car's battery and create a charge.
  • Petroleum jelly. Disconnect the terminals of the battery and get a wire brush to clean it. Connect then apply petroleum jelly, which will reduce corrosion in the battery.
  • Soda. Pour soda onto the battery terminals. Its acidic properties, particularly the carbonic acid will lessen the corrosion. Corrosion involves formation of rust.
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There are a number of ways to jump-start your car with household products but all of these options are extremely dangerous. The best advice is to either get another batter, have a friend boost your car, or take it into a store to have the battery recharged properly.

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Can you jump a car without another car?

Yes, there are two main ways you can jump a car without having to use another car. You can hook jumper cables from your vehicle to a battery (not in a car). Also, you can use a jumpstart tool in order to jump your car successfully.

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How to charge a dead battery from one car to another in easy steps?

I have no experience charging a car battery but the battery needs charging so it can be used.

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How to jump my truck without another car battery?

Not a manual transmission, and there are no other batteries around

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With a charger do you connect negative to battery or metal part?

With a charger do you connect negative to battery or metal part?

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If I do get it started, should I let it run for a few minutes to get a little charge on it before trying to drive to the auto-shop?

My battery was totally dead on Saturday but did start with jumper cables. I drove it home and parked it so it was accessible for another jump-start. I need to drive it about a mile to the auto-shop. If I do get it started the first time without a jump, does it help build the charge if I just let it run for a few minutes before trying to drive it? I have tried: I have left it parked over the weekend because I hope someone will try get it started so I can drive straight to the auto mechanic (about a mile). I think it was caused by: I am clueless. I had an oil change on Thursday, but briefly saw the battery indicator light up on Saturday. When it went dead, it did try to start. I heard the ignition and tried several times. Then a man helped with jumper cables and got me started. On the way home, though, the odometer, speedometer and other dials stopped working. I haven't tried it since Saturday.

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