Mechanic trying to jump-start a car by attaching jump cables

Read this article to learn the art of jump-starting a vehicle

How to jump-start a car?

Every vehicle owner’s worst nightmare is when their vehicles fail to start. This can seriously disrupt one’s travel and work schedule. But always remember, jump-starting a car is always an option. But you do not know and are wondering, “How to jump-start a car?,” here is a brief article by our team at Matador Motors in Wolfforth, Texas, that explains the steps to jump-start your vehicle. Read on to know more.

A vehicle can be deemed dead when it fails to start. This may happen due to a dead battery or one which has a low charge. In these cases, the vehicle must be jump-started. While there are numerous ways to address this issue, one is to consider buying a new vehicle. Check out our collection of certified pre-owned vehicles and schedule a test drive of your preferred vehicle from our inventory.


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Methods of Jump-Starting a Vehicle

In most normal case scenarios, a vehicle might not start due to a dead battery. In that case, here are the steps to jump-start it:

  • Firstly, start by checking your vehicle’s headlights. This can be checked even if the vehicle does not start. All you need to do is turn the ignition on. If the lights are bright, it means that the battery is working perfectly, in which case, a jump-start will not help. On the other hand, if the lights are dim, the battery is the culprit. Additional steps to verify the battery’s functionality are checking the interior lights, the dashboard’s backlight, and the stereo system. Try to start the car. If it cranks slowly, you might have a dead battery. But if it cranks quickly, the battery is in good condition and a jump start will not help.
  • For jump-starting a vehicle with a dead battery, another vehicle that functions properly is required. On the dead vehicle, check all the batteries terminals, wiring, and surrounding areas to ensure that the battery is not leaking any fluids. Check the strength of the wiring connections and tighten loose ones. Park both the dead and working vehicles next to each other and make sure they are not in contact. Use jump-start cables (red and black) to connect both the dead and working batteries. Make sure that the red cable is attached to the positive terminal of both the batteries. For the black wire, one end should be connected to the negative terminal of the working battery while the other end should be clamped onto a grounded metal part of the dead vehicle. Turn on the working vehicle and rev the engine a little above idle for 30 to 60 seconds. After this, try starting the dead vehicle. Repeat the charging process a couple more times if it doesn’t start the first time. Once the dead vehicle starts, remove the cable in reverse order (removing the negative cable first and the positive one next). Rev the engine of the jump-started vehicle for five minutes and leave it on for 20 minutes before turning it off.
  • If your vehicle is a manual transmission, and if you do not have cables, you can jump-start the vehicle by pushing it downhill. To begin with, depress the clutch completely. Next put the car in second gear. Turn the ignition on but do not start the engine. Let go of the brakes. Keep the clutch depressed and you will start moving due to the vehicle being pushed. Finally, let go of the clutch quickly when the vehicle reaches a speed of 5 MPH. The engine should start in this case. If it doesn’t, try depressing and releasing the clutch again.

If any of the above steps do not work, the vehicle must be towed to a service station to get it checked comprehensively.

Jump Cable being connected to a vehicle's battery
Man pushing a vehicle

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