Many people have the view that it is very difficult to jump start a dead battery if you just know the standard information about fixing a car. However, this is a myth because jump starting can be your cup of tea if you know how to replace a flat tire or drive a car in a standard way. Here is how you can start with learning the procedure to jump start a dead battery of a car.
Step 1 is to arrange for a working car apart from the car with the dead battery. This will be the first step to start with your lesson. Now, you just have to park the cars in front of each other with their hoods open.
Step 2 is that you have to remove contact between the car and all its extra accessories including the radio system, headlights, etc., so that you do not have to face any damage due to sudden high voltage.
Step 3 is to check upon the battery carefully to confirm that there are no cracks on the battery because a cracked battery will be of no use, as no charge will be created in it.
Step 4 tells you about the connection of cables to the other end. Under this, you need to connect the positive cable directly to the positive part of the dead battery and the other positive side of the cable to the good batterys positive part. You must label them all very clearly to avoid confusions at a later stage.
Step 5 is to connect the ends of the negative cable to the batteries. You need to connect one side of the negative cable to the good battery and the other end to a metal surface on the engine of the dead battery car rather than connecting it directly to the dead battery. You might feel a minor shock but dont worry, it is normal and is not dangerous because you are completing the charge of the circuit. The cables will find their way to charge the dead battery.
Step 6 says to start the car with a dead battery and you might get that car started with the help of the working car. In case, the engine does not start up, you have to check the cable connections once again. In some cases, the cable connections are not made properly, because of which the current passing through them has less force to start up the battery.
Step 7: In case you are successful in starting the dead car, then you need to disconnect both the cables in reverse order from their actual place of connection. Do not forget to maintain a distance between the cable clamps because them touching each other can be dangerous. Now, you can start the dead car again to confirm the effectiveness of jump starting the car. In case it does not start up, you should try to re-start it. If that fails, this is a signal that you must contact a car shop.
Have you ever faced such dead battery situation in the middle of the road? Who did you call then?
This article is written by Mark Neyton. Mark is a freelance writer with more than 4 years experience and he is mostly interested in writing about car and car maintenance. If you are looking for more useful information you can find more tips on jump starting a car from Falck (or as Mark says in Danish starthjælp fra Falck) on this web page.