How to Jump a Car Battery

Car Battery in Car

We’ve all heard of dead batteries. Luckily, a dead battery isn’t the most common vehicle problem to have but it does happen. When it does, it’s important to know how to jump your car battery in order to get it to a service center.

That’s why we at Nissan of Mobile have put together this helpful guide to jumping your car battery. Drivers in Mobile, Prichard, Saraland, and beyond should read ahead for detailed instructions and more information!

Step-by-Step Instruction

Jumping your car battery is a fairly easy process if you know what you’re doing. Following these easy step-by-step instructions, you’ll be able to jump start your car battery correctly:

  1. Locate someone with a vehicle and some working jumper cables.
  2. Have the other person pull the front of their vehicle up as close to the front of your vehicle as you can get it (without touching) so that the jumper cables don’t have to stretch in order to reach.
  3. Open and securely fasten the hoods of both vehicles.
  4. Find the positive (“+”) and negative (“-“) ends of both batteries.
  5. Connect one end of the red jumper cable to the positive side of the dead battery and the other end to the positive side of the working battery.
  6. Connect one end of the black jumper cable to the negative side of the dead battery and the other to an unpainted patch of metal on the vehicle with the dead battery.
  7. Start the vehicle with the working battery and let it run for a minute or two.
  8. Get back into your car as the other vehicle is still running and try to start your vehicle. When you’re turning the key in your ignition, be sure to hold it back a little longer than you normally would.

Using these steps, you should be able to get your battery up and running long enough to get yourself to a mechanic. Sometimes batteries just die once but you’ll want to get it checked on to be sure there isn’t a persisting issue.

What to Do If Jumping Doesn’t Work

Car Battery Terminals

Unfortunately, following these steps won’t always get your battery to turn back on. So, what do you do if you’re stuck with a dead battery? First, you’ll want to do a visual inspection of your battery, the battery case, and the surrounding wires.

It’s not unheard of for build-up or corrosion to block the connection between the battery and the vehicle’s other parts. If you find build-up, try brushing off as much as you can and following the steps above again. If this still doesn’t work, it’s time to get ahold of a professional.

Need Some Additional Assistance?

We at Nissan of Mobile hope this car battery jumping guide helped you bring your car battery back to life. If it didn’t, we’re still here to help. Drivers in Mobile, Prichard, and Saraland who are stuck with a dead battery should schedule service with us today!