How to Jump Start a Car

Jumpstart Car

If your vehicle isn’t starting, you likely need a jump start, car battery service, or something similar. For most St. Louis drivers stuck with a car that’s not starting, the first option is the most likely. Below, we’ll explain why this is, followed by a All Star Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram step-by-step guide on how to properly jump start a car. If your battery is close to being dead, you can order a genuine OEM battery made specifically for your Dodge or Jeep from the All Star Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram parts center located near Florissant

The Proper Way to Jump Start a Car

What supplies do you need to properly jump start a car? A set of jumper cables and a friend who’s willing to loan you a second car with a good battery. Don’t forget, you can also call a jump start car service like Mopar® Roadside Assistance.

Follow these steps to jump a car battery:

  • Park the car with the good battery across from the vehicle with the bad battery. Turn the cars off and engage the parking brakes.
  • Open both hoods and find the batteries. Sometimes a car battery is underneath a plastic hood.
  • Identify the positive and negative terminals. Make sure they’re clean and free of any corrosion.
  • Connect the red clamp to the positive post on the dead battery.
  • Uncoiling the battery cable, hook the other red clamp to the positive terminal of the good battery.
  • Connect the black clamp to the negative post on the good battery.
  • For the final clamp, connect it to an unpainted metal surface on the frame of the car with the bad battery.
  • Once everything is hooked up securely, start the engine of the vehicle with the good battery first, then the one with the dead battery.
  • Once the dead vehicle has been jump-started, remove the jumper cables in the reverse order that they were placed on, then shut off the car that was used to help jump-start the dead car.
  • Keep the engine running on the restarted vehicle for at least 10 minutes. This will ensure that the weak battery doesn’t immediately die again.

More Battery Tips and Tricks

What happens if you can’t get your car to jump start? You likely need to get the battery replaced, but there’s a chance there’s a more serious problem at play.

If your car won’t jump start, try these steps:

  • If you only hear a clicking sound when you’re trying to start your car, the starter might not be functioning. Schedule service at All Star Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram near St. Charles for a replacement.
  • If the electronics appear to turn on but the engine doesn’t, there are several parts that could be failing: the ignition switch, battery, starter, or a fuse could be the problem. It’s worth bringing your vehicle to a service center so they can diagnose the issue.
  • Be sure to keep your vehicle running for a while after getting the jump. That allows the battery to recharge fully after it’s been drained.

Turn to All Star Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram for Service

At All Star Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram, we’re always happy to help Bridgeton-area drivers with any and all issues, from jump-starting a car to dealing with overheating. Feel free to contact us with any questions whatsoever, whether you’re curious about new Chrysler models, towing services, what to look for when buying a used car, or anything else! And if you need any routine maintenance or repairs, from oil changes to tire rotations, check out our service coupons and specials to ensure you save the most money possible.

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11503 St Charles Rock Rd
Bridgeton, MO, 63044 US
(314) 291-2050
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