How to Jumpstart your car
The easiest option is to jump start your car
Jump starting your car
There are few thing more frustrating when you’re wanting to head home after a long day in the office than turning the key in your car’s ignition and hearing nothing more than a quiet ‘click’. Most of us have been there – we’ve left our car’s headlights on when we’ve arrived somewhere, maybe on a misty morning, and when we returned to our car the battery was flat.
So what do we do now? You could try to push start your car, but often that’s not practical – you drive an auto, you’re parked on a hill, there’s no space in front of you, you’re parallel parked… The easiest option is to jump start your car using jumper cables and another car.
1. First of all, you need a second car and a set of jumper cables/jump leads.
2. Open the bonnets of both cars to see which side of the car the battery is on.
3. Close the bonnets and move the second car as close as possible to the car with the dead battery, trying to position the batteries as close as possible to each other. Don’t let the two cars touch though.
4. Turn off all electrical systems and devices in the dead car: radio, lights, etc. Make sure that the cars are in neutral and the hand brakes are engaged.
5. Ensure that the ignitions of both cars are off. A safe way to do this is to remove the keys from the ignition.
6. Connect one positive (red) clamp on the jumper cable to the positive (red) terminal on the DEAD battery. If necessary, clean the terminals on both batteries first for a better connection.
7. Connect the other positive (red) clamp on the jumper cable to the positive (red) terminal on the GOOD battery
8. Connect one negative (black) clamp on the jumper cable to the negative (black) terminal on the GOOD battery.
9. Connect the other negative (black) clamp on the jumper cable to a solid grounding point on the dead car, such as a clean, unpainted, unrusted metal part of the car, such as part of the engine or a bolt on the car’s chassis.
10. Start the good car and let it run for about 5 minutes, to transfer some energy into the dead battery.
11. Attempt to start the car with the dead battery.
12. If the car starts, remove the jumper cables in the reserve order of how you connected them.
13. If the car doesn’t start, leave it for a while longer and try again. If it still won’t start, call for assistance.
Buy a good pair of jumper cables and keep them in your car at all times, in case you need them or someone else needs you to be a good Samaritan. When choosing jumper cables, buy a set with thick cables and strong clamps. The longer the cables the better, too, because it makes reaching the two cars simpler.
Remember: All Automark cars undergo a detailed inspection before they are sold, which includes the battery system. Also, allToyota and Lexus warranties include 24/7 Roadside Assistance for the duration of the cover.