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How to Jump Start a Car

car battery with jumper cable in engine room

Finding out that your car won’t start can be distressing, but in most cases, all it takes is a quick jump start to get you back on Methuen-area roads. While you can call a jump start car service like AAA, it is really very easy to jump start a car yourself. Learn how to properly jump start a car in this guide from the service team at Rockingham Honda.

The Proper Way to Jump Start a Car

Waiting around for a jump start car service to show up can be a hassle, but if you have access to a set of jumper cables and a friend that has a vehicle with a fully charged battery, you can get your car started on your own. Just follow these steps:

  1. Park the car with the good battery facing the other vehicle. Make sure that both vehicles are turned off and that the parking brakes of both vehicles are engaged.
  2. Open both hoods and find the batteries. Some batteries have plastic hoods covering the terminals, so you’ll need to remove them.
  3. Identify the positive and negative terminals, and make sure that they are clean and free of any corrosion.
  4. Attach the red clamp to the positive post on the dead battery.
  5. Attach the other red clamp to the positive terminal of the battery with the charge.
  6. Connect the black clamp to the negative post on the good battery.
  7. Attach the other black clamp to an unpainted metal surface on the frame of the car with the dead battery.
  8. Make sure that the clamps are secure, and start the engine of the vehicle with the good battery. Then, start the one with the dead battery.
  9. Once you’ve successfully jump-started the car, carefully remove the jumper cables in the reverse order that they were placed on. Then, shut off the car that was used to help jump-start the dead car.
  10. Keep the engine running on the restarted vehicle for at least 10 to 15 minutes to ensure that the battery is fully recharged. Consult your owner’s manual for more information on recommended times.

More Battery Tips and Tricks

So, what does it mean if my car won’t jump start? It could mean that the battery is dead and needs to be replaced, or it may be a sign of another issue with the electrical system. Here are some troubleshooting tips:

  • If you hear a clicking sound when you turn the key and the car won’t start, it could be that the starter isn’t working. You should schedule service at Rockingham Honda, and we’ll install a new starter for you.
  • If the electrical systems of the car come on when you turn the key, but the engine won’t turn over, the problem could be with the ignition switch, battery, starter, or a fuse. Arrange to have the vehicle towed to our Service Center, where we can diagnose exactly what the issue is.
  • It is important to remember that once you have successfully jump-started your car, you need to keep it running for 10 to 15 minutes in order for the battery to fully recharge.

Get Professional Auto Service & Repair at Rockingham Honda

If you have any concerns about your Honda battery, bring your car to Rockingham Honda, and our service technicians can check the charge level and assess the battery’s condition for you. If it turns out that you need a new battery, you’ll find the right battery for your Honda model in our Parts Center. Learn about the Honda battery warranty and make sure to take advantage of our service coupons and parts specials to save on your next Honda service. Our service team will be happy to offer advice on everything from your Honda Accord maintenance schedule and how to remove a car battery, to how to reset the oil light on a Honda Civic. and how to replace a Honda key fob battery. Feel free to contact us with any questions.

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