How to Jump-Start Another Car

Keeping a set of jumper cables with your vehicle’s emergency kit is a practical way to round it out. They require little space and are inexpensive. Jump-starting a vehicle requires a basic understanding of the positive and negative currents of electricity. Beyond that, they are straightforward to use.

The two ends of the cable set each contain one negative and one positive cable. The red, or positive, cable is attached first to the positive terminal on the dead battery. It typically has a “plus” sign at the terminal. Once you connect, be careful not to let any other cable ends touch metal other than battery terminals. The “minus” sign terminal of the same battery will be the connecting point for the black cable. Go on to repeat the steps with the good battery. Once connected, simply let them charge for about a minute and rev the engine. The dead battery should have enough spark to start the engine after a couple of turns.

If the car won’t start after three or four attempts, it’s recommended to stop and get it in for service. There may be further electrical problems. If you’re in the area, stop in to Frank Fletcher Honda Bentonville and speak with one of our knowledgeable service members. We’re here to assist you with all of your vehicle’s maintenance concerns.

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