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How to Jump-Start a Car

Are you having trouble starting your car? It may be your battery. Learn how to jump-start a car, or contact a jump-start car battery service to get help starting your car. Follow our guide on how to properly jump-start a car, and we’ll have you back on the road to Slidell in no time. If your battery needs replacing, order a car battery online and have it shipped directly to our store for professional installation. 

The Proper Way to Jump-Start a Car

If you need to jump-start car battery, the first thing you’ll need is a set of jumper cables and another vehicle. AAA provides a jump-start car service if you can’t find another driver able to help. Once you have both the jumper cables and another vehicle, follow the steps below:

  1. Park the car with the working battery facing the car that needs jumping. Make sure that the bad battery vehicle is off. Make sure that parking brakes are engaged in both vehicles. 
  2. Pop the hood of both vehicles and locate their batteries. You must remove the plastic hoods to expose each battery terminal. 
  3. Determine the positive and negative terminals and make sure they’re clean and clear of corrosion. 
  4. Connect the red clamp to the positive terminal of the dead battery. 
  5. Uncoil the battery cable and attach the red clamp to the car battery with a charge. 
  6. Attach the black clamp to the negative terminal of the car with a charge. 
  7. The final clamp connects to the unpainted metal surface of the vehicle’s frame. 
  8. Once the cables are hooked up, start the engine of the car with the good battery and then the one with the bad battery. 
  9. After you’ve jump-started the dead battery, remove the jumper cables in reverse order to the way you put them on. Then turn off the car that helped jump-start your car. 
  10. Keep the engine of the bad battery car on for at least ten minutes to ensure the battery doesn’t die again. 

More Battery Tips and Tricks

If your car won’t jump-start you may need your battery replaced, it may also be a sign of a more serious issue. You should get it checked out to ensure your vehicle is safe to drive. Schedule an appointment at our service center for professional routine maintenance. 

Some signs that your car has a more serious problem are as follows: 

  1. If your vehicle makes a clicking noise whenever you try to start it, it may indicate that your car’s start is malfunctioning. 
  2. If your car’s electrical systems turn on, but your engine stays off, then the following may be the culprit:
  • Ignition switch
  • Starter 
  • Battery 
  • Fuse

We’re Here to Take Care of Your Car Maintenance Needs

Visit our service center in New Orleans near Covington for car repairs and routine maintenance. Browse our service and parts specials for deals on OEM parts and services at our dealership. Explore our service tips for more how-to guides. Contact us if you have further car questions like how to program a dodge key fob

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