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How to Jump-Start a Car

Whether you find yourself with a dead battery in Walla Walla, or you’re being a good samaritan in Tri-Cities, knowing how to jump-start a car is one of the most beneficial things any car-owner can know how to do. Unlike rotating your tires, jump-starting a car isn’t a part of your routine maintenance schedule and may be necessary when you least expect it.No one wants to have to call jump-start car service when the proper way to jump-start a car is so easy to learn. Let the Walla Walla Valley Honda service department show you how to jump-start a car battery.

How to Properly Jump-Start a Car

While the proper way to jump-start a car is easy, a lot of people assume the wrong way to jump-start a car battery. It just takes a minute to learn how to jump-start a car the right way in Kennewick:

  1. Park the car with the good battery facing the car that needs a jump-start. Turn off the engine. Engage the parking brakes on both cars.
  2. Open both hoods. Identify the positive and negative terminals on both batteries. Make sure they’re clean.
  3. Connect one of the red clamps on the jumper cables to the positive post on the dead battery. Hook the other red clamp to the positive terminal of the battery with charge.
  4. Connect the black clamp on the jumper cables to the negative post on the good battery. Connect the last clamp to an unpainted metal surface on the car’s frame.
  5. Start the engine of the vehicle with the good battery first, then the one with the dead battery. It might take a little time for the battery to charge.
  6. Keep the vehicle running for a while after getting the jump to fully recharge the battery.

What to Do if Your Car Won’t Jump-Start

If the car won’t jump-start, check for these issues. If you try to start the car but only hear a clicking sound, the starter might not be functioning. If the electrical systems of the car turn on but the engine doesn’t come on, the problem could be a number of issues. You can call a professional for jump-start car service and get a tow. You’re going to need to schedule service right away to find out why your car won’t jump-start.

Learn More Car Service Tips & Tricks with Walla Walla Valley Honda!

Now that you know how to properly jump-start a car, get more service tips and tricks that will save you time and money from Walla Walla Valley Honda! You can also contact us for more information on how to best maintain your car. Whether you have questions about Honda warning lights, would like to learn how to change a brake light, or even check brake fluid, we can help.

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