How to Jump Start a Car

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If your Honda vehicle doesn’t respond when you turn the key in the ignition, you’re dealing with a dead battery. Fortunately, a big shock is all you need to jog it back to life! Read the guide below to learn how to jump start a car, and how to tell when your car battery needs replacement at a Bartlett-area Honda service center:

How to Properly Jump Start a Car

You need two things to jump start a car battery: jumper cables and another vehicle with normal battery power. Alternatively, you can call a jump start car service near Bartlett. If you’re going to jump your battery with the help of another vehicle, follow these steps:

  1. Park the car with the good battery facing yours.
  2. Place both vehicles in Park or Neutral and shut off the ignition in both cars.
  3. Make sure both parking brakes are engaged.
  4. Open both hoods and find the batteries. The batteries may be covered by a plastic hood, which you’ll need to lift off to expose the battery terminals.
  5. Identify the positive and negative terminals, and inspect to make sure they’re clean and free of corrosion.
  6. Connect one of the red cable clamps to the positive terminal of your dead battery.
  7. Attach the other red clamp to the positive terminal of the good battery.
  8. Connect one of the black clamps to the negative terminal of the good battery.
  9. Attach the final black clamp to an unpainted metal surface on your car’s frame (and not near the battery).
  10. With all 4 clamps secure, start the working engine and allow it to run for a couple minutes.
  11. If the jump works and your car starts, don’t turn the engine back off right away! Drive the car around for at least 15 minutes to recharge the battery.

More Battery Tips and Tricks

What if your car won’t jump start? First try running the other engine for five more minutes before trying again to start yours. If your car still doesn’t start, you may need a new battery — or it could be a sign of a more serious problem. Take the following steps to troubleshoot your battery issue:

  • If you hear a clicking sound as you attempt to start the car, there may be a problem with the starter. Schedule service near Memphis with Wolfchase Honda.
  • If the interior lights and radio turn on but the engine fails to turn over, the problem could be a lot of things besides the battery. Your car’s ignition switch, battery, starter, or a fuse could be malfunctioning — so it’s important that a Honda technician take a look at your car and diagnose the issue.

Rely on Wolfchase Honda for Expert Car Care!

Now that you know the proper way to jump start a car, stay prepared by always keeping a set of jumper cables in your trunk. You never know when you — or a fellow Cordova driver — might need a spark! Visit us near Arlington for car care tips for your Honda vehicle’s spark plugs and learn about your car’s routine maintenance schedule. Check out our maintenance specials for Bartlett drivers!

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