How to Jump-Start a Car


If you ever find yourself needing a jump-start, you’ll want to know just how to do it so you can jump-start a car battery safely. With the informative service tips and tricks at the Eich Mazda service center, you can learn the proper way to jump-start a car battery so you can be on your way safely. In the event that you need a new car battery, or regular service maintenance, contact the service center at Eich Mazda. Our technicians can assess the issue and have it repaired in no time.

Proper Ways to Jump-Start a Car

Before you begin, you’ll want to ensure you have the right equipment including jumper cables and another vehicle that can provide a charge to your battery. Once you have these things in order, follow these steps:

  • Park the running car with its hood facing or next to yours. Parking brakes should be on for both vehicles.
  • Look under the hoods and find the battery. Some car models have the battery terminal and cables underneath a plastic hood. If so, remove it.
  • Clean the positive and negative battery terminals, to remove any corrosion. 
  • Attach the red clamp to the positive terminal of the dead battery.
  • The other red clamp gets attached to the positive terminal of the charged battery.
  • Then, attach the black clamp to the negative terminal of the charged battery.
  • Finally, attach the other black clamp to an unpainted metal surface on the car with the dead battery.

Once the cables are attached, have the driver of the other vehicle start the engine of the good vehicle. Then you can start your vehicle’s engine. After both cars are running, keep your vehicle running for at least 10 minutes to ensure the battery doesn’t die again. Now it’s safe to remove the cables. Do this in the reverse order they were attached. If your car won’t jump-start after following these steps, you’ll want to call a jump-start car service like AAA.

What to Do If Your Car Won’t Jump-Start

If your car still won’t jump-start, your battery could be dead. You’re going to need a lift to the Eich Mazda parts department for a new one. There’s still a chance it could be another issue such as:

  • If your car makes a clicking sound, the starter may be broken.
  • If the engine won’t start, but other electrical systems turn on, there may be issues with the ignition switch, the starter or fuses. 

Have Your Vehicle Serviced at Eich Mazda!

Now that you’ve learned how to properly jump-start a car, save more on genuine parts and accessories at our parts departmentwith our available service and parts specials. In the meantime, if you’re looking to have your vehicle serviced before you end up needing a jump-start, schedule serviceat the Eich Mazda service center.

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