How to Jump-Start a Car

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If you are attempting to run errands or head into the office and your vehicle won’t start, you likely need a jump-start, car battery service, or something similar. In most cases, a jump-start is all that is necessary. If you are unsure of how to properly jump-start a car, the service experts at Pacific BMW would be glad to walk you through the process with this handy guide. We want to help you avoid needing to call a jump-start car service. If you realize that it may be time for a new battery, our parts department can help with that, too.

The Proper Way to Jump-Start a Car

Before you can begin, locate a set of jumper cables. You will also need the assistance of another vehicle. Another option is to call a jump-start car service like AAA. If you have the jumper cables and you have found another driver willing to help, follow the steps listed below:

  1. The vehicle with the functioning battery should be parked facing the vehicle with the dead battery. Make sure that the vehicle is turned off. Engage the parking brake on both vehicles.
  2. Open both hoods to find the batteries. In some cases, there may be a plastic hood covering the battery terminals.
  3. Identify the positive and negative terminals. Ensure the terminals are clean and that there is no corrosion.
  4. Connect the red clamp to the positive post on the dead battery.
  5. Uncoil the battery cable and hook the other red clamp to the positive terminal of the battery with the charge.
  6. On the working battery, connect the black clamp to the negative post.
  7. The last clamp should be attached to an unpainted metal surface on the car’s frame.
  8. Check that the cables are secure before starting the engine of the vehicle with the good battery. You can then start the car with the dead battery.
  9. Once the process of jump-starting the vehicle with the dead battery is complete, you can remove the jumper cables carefully but be sure to do so in the reverse order that they were placed on. Shut off the car that assisted in the jump-start.
  10. Keep the engine running on the restarted vehicle for at least 10 minutes. This helps to prevent the battery from dying again. It is a good idea to take a look at the owner’s manual for your vehicle. The manufacturer may have other recommendations to follow.

Troubleshooting Tips

What happens if your car won’t jump-start? It could be a sign that the battery needs to be replaced. It may also indicate a more significant issue with the vehicle. There are a few ways you can try to troubleshoot the problem before having your vehicle evaluated by a professional.

  1. If you attempt to start the car, but all that happens is a clicking sound, it could be a sign that the starter is not working correctly. If this is the case, bring it to the Pacific BMW service center, and one of our technicians can replace the starter.
  2. If there is a problem with the ignition switch, battery, starter, or a fuse, you may notice that the electrical systems of the car turn on, but the engine won’t turn over. It is also best to have your car looked at by a professional.
  3. To make sure the battery has time to fully recharge, the vehicle needs to stay running for the proper amount of time after getting the jump.

Trust the Skilled Technicians at Pacific BMW

When your vehicle is in need of a new battery or other repairs and maintenance, you can always rely on the mechanics at Pacific BMW. We want to help your vehicle run at peak performance as long as possible. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out for answers. We would be glad to assist you!

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