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How to Jump a Car: Quick Tips to Get You Started

The Situation:

It finally happened: you forgot to turn your lights off before heading into the store. Now, you have a trunk full of perishable groceries and a dead battery! Luckily, there are many other cars parked nearby to lend some much-needed help. Ask a willing volunteer and follow this quick tip diagram to get you started and back on the road!

The Solution:

Refer to the provided diagram, making sure to keep all clamps away from one another.


Additional Tips:
  • If your vehicle has a remote mounted battery, you will find clearly marked jump posts under your hood that will send power to your battery.

  • Have the donor vehicle park as close to your vehicle as possible.

  • Do not attempt to immediately start your vehicle. Your battery needs time to accept a charge from the other vehicle.

  • In some cases, raising engine speed of the donor vehicle to no more than 2,000 RPMs will aid in charging the dead battery, getting you back on the road quicker.

Procedures and recommendations outlined in this article are subject to change based on your vehicle and manufacturer design. Always consult your owner’s manual or contact a reputable repair shop to confirm the appropriate steps.