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Cars / Trucks / Vans Category: Battery

Maintenance Issues:

How to jump-start a battery that has failed / lost its charge / gone dead.

Tools / Materials (See Below for Applicability):

·         Jumper cables

·         Another vehicle/car with a good-running battery (to provide the jump start to the vehicle with the failed/dead battery)

Guide:

Jump-starting a vehicle with a failed/dead battery may be dangerous if proper precautions and steps are not taken.

Caution: When dealing with any device that involves anything of an explosive/combustible nature, such as the handling of car batteries, make sure you take precautions before you work on it, including not smoking, otherwise lighting a match/lighter, wearing obstructive articles of clothing, such as jewelry.

Caution:  Never attach/clamp the negative jumper cable to the negative terminal of a failed/dead battery, as this may very well result in the explosion of the battery or, at the very least, create sparks.

Do the following to conduct a jump-start:

  1. Without causing either vehicle to come into physical contact with each other, drive the vehicle with the good-running battery right near, and within several feet of, the vehicle with the failed/dead battery (enough so that the jumper cables will reach from one hood to the other).

Make sure that when both vehicles are closely situated as stated above that the engine ignitions, exterior and interior lights and all related gadgets of both vehicles that draw on power are turned off, and that both vehicles are set to P/park.

  1. Open the hoods of both vehicles.

  2. Take the positive jumper (red) cable clamp and attach/clamp it to the positive terminal of the failed/dead battery.  Take the positive jumper (red) cable of the other side of the cable, itself, and attach/clamp it to the positive terminal of the good-running battery.  (The positive jumper cable is colored red in almost all cases.)

  3. Take the negative jumper  (black) cable clamp and attach/clamp it to the negative terminal of the good-running battery.  Take the negative jumper (black) cable of the other side of the cable, itself, and attach/clamp it to a clean metal piece of the engine--like the engine bolt--of the vehicle with the failed/dead battery, making sure that in the process this negative jumper cable clamp is as far away from the bad battery as is possible.  (The negative jumper cable is colored black in almost all cases.)

  4. Start the engine of the vehicle with the good-running engine by turning on the ignition thereof.

  5. While the engine of the good-running vehicle is on, try next to start the engine of the vehicle with the failed/dead battery.  If the engine of the vehicle with the failed/dead battery does not turn on, turn off the ignitions of both engines, and then make sure all of the jumper cable connections are correct and secure.

  6. Try starting again, repeating steps 5-6 found above, and do so until the engine of the vehicle with the failed/dead battery is running.

  7. When the jump-start finally succeeds in causing the engine of the failed/dead battery to start up and run again, after about 30 seconds of running without problems, initiate the following proper way of safely disengaging the jumper cables:

  1. Disconnect the negative jumper (black) cable clamp from the clean metal piece of the engine--if used, the engine bolt--of the vehicle with the failed/dead battery;

  2. Disconnect the negative jumper (black) cable clamp from the negative terminal of the good-running battery;

  3. Disconnect the positive jumper (red) cable clamp from the positive terminal of the good-running battery; and

  4. Disconnect the positive jumper (red) cable clamp from the positive terminal of the failed/dead battery.

  1. Close the hood of each vehicle, and put away all materials/tools taken out in the process, including the jumper cables.

You're done. 

Once you have jump-started the vehicle, it is important to remember that it will take a few hours of driving at minimum before the vehicle's battery is fully charged (that is if the battery is still capable of holding a charge).  The need for at least a few hours of driving to fully recharge the vehicle's battery is especially needed for gadget-laden vehicles, such as those that include alarm systems, among other power-driven vehicle accessories.  The vehicle with once the failed/drained/dead battery should be taken to an automotive shop to have the battery tested as to its suitability for possible continued use.

Ed the Handyman

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