How to Jump Start a Car

Provo drivers having problems starting their vehicle will more than likely have to jump start the car’s battery. Brent Brown Toyota has a helpful guide on how to properly jump start a vehicle. If your battery is near the end of its life, visit the service center in Orem to replace the battery.



The Proper Way to Jump Start a Car

First, you will need a set of jumper cables and another vehicle. You do have the option to call a jump start car service like AAA. Once you have everything you need, follow the steps below:

  • Have the car with the strong battery park facing the other vehicle, then turn off the vehicle. Be sure that both parking brakes are engaged.
  • Open both hoods and locate the batteries. You may need to remove a plastic hood to expose the battery terminals.
  • Identify the positive and negative terminals, and make sure they are clean and free of any corrosion.
  • Connect the red clamp to the positive post on the dead battery.
  • Uncoiling the battery cable, hook the other red clamp to the positive terminal of the battery with the charge.
  • Connect the black clamp to the negative post on the good battery.
  • For the final clamp, connect it to an unpainted metal surface on the car’s frame.
  • Once everything is hooked up securely, start the engine of the vehicle with the strong battery first, then the one with the dead battery.
  • Once the dead vehicle has been jump-started, 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.
  • Keep the engine running on the restarted vehicle for at least 10 minutes to make sure the weak battery doesn’t die again. Refer to your owner’s manual for information on recommended times.
Red and black jumper cables attached to a car's battery terminal


More Battery Tips and Tricks

Your car still won’t jump start? You will then need to replace the battery, or it could be a sign of a serious problem. Take these steps to troubleshoot the issue:

  • If you try and start the car but only hear a clicking sound, the starter might not be functioning. Schedule service with a factory-trained technician for a replacement.
  • If the electrical systems turn on, but the engine fails to turn over, this could be due to a number of issues. The ignition switch, battery, starter, or a fuse could be the problem. It’s worth bringing your vehicle to a service center so they can diagnose the issue.
  • Be sure to keep your vehicle running for a while after getting the jump. This will let the battery fully recharge after it’s been drained.

Turn to Brent Brown Toyota for Service

Whether you need help with a new battery, a routine oil change, need car washing tips, or have questions about how the car AC works, the factory-trained technicians at Brent Brown Toyota can help. Give us a call with any questions or to schedule a service appointment. Don’t forget to browse our current service specials so you can save on your next visit.

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