Your vehicle’s battery is designed to last for several years; however, depending on how well you take care of your car, the battery may die at any time. That is why it is important to know how to jump start your vehicle. You need to carry the proper materials and equipment, as well as understand the risks involved in jumping a car.
To begin with, always carry the proper materials. You should always have the following in your car:
10-20 ft. (gauge six) jumper cables
Flashlight with batteries
And of course, the battery!
Typically, you want jumper cables that are long enough to reach another car’s battery; however, the longer the cables, the less likely they are to transmit a strong electric current. You should also buy cables with gauge six wire, a sturdy thickness that often comes standard. A flashlight is needed for nighttime jumps, and an owner’s manual lets you follow proper steps.
Next, park the two cars face to face, about 18 inches apart (NOTE: Do not let the cars touch, and do not touch both cars at the same time. This can lead to a short). Put both cars in park if automatic; if manual, put in neutral. Set the parking brakes and turn both models off. Make sure terminals are free of corrosion.
At this time, attach the red, positive (+) clamp to the positive terminal of the dead battery. Attach the red, positive clamp to the positive terminal on the jumper car. Connect the black, negative (-) clamp to the jumper car’s negative battery terminal. DO NOT put the remaining negative clamp on the dead car’s negative battery terminal. Instead, place it on an unpainted metal part of the car such as a shiny nut on the engine block. This grounds the current, making it safer.
Start the jumper car and wait a minute or so. Varying on the age of the car, the battery, and other factors, this may take more or less time. Turn on the dead car (if it doesn’t work, let it charge longer). After it is running, disconnect clamps in the reverse order you put them on, starting with the grounded negative clamp.
Drive around and let the dead vehicle’s battery charge via the alternator. You may need to buy a new battery at this time. If jumping does not work, it may be a fuse, battery corrosion, a faulty alternator, a bad ignition switch, or loose starter connection.
If you still have questions or need help replacing a battery or other faulty part, stop by and see us at Pete Moore Mitsubishi in our Service or Parts department today!