Make Sure You Know How to Jump-Start Your Car in Cold Weather
While cold weather may not be as big a concern here in League City as it is elsewhere in the country, it’s still a good idea to be sure you know how to jump start your car in conditions that are less than ideal, just in case you’re traveling and a problem arises. If you should find your vehicle isn’t responding to a turn of the key (or press of the “start button”), here are the steps you should take:
- Park the car helping you nose-to-nose with your vehicle, about 18 inches away. Make sure both vehicles are in park, their emergency brakes are on and the engines are turned off.
- Connect one end of the red cable to the dead battery’s positive terminal, and the other end to the assisting car’s positive terminal.
- Clamp one end of the black cable to the working battery’s negative terminal and the other end to any metal section (like a bracket or a bolt that’s not near any moving pieces) of the car with the bad battery- this serves to ground the connection.
- Start the working car, and rev the engine slightly while letting it run for a couple of minutes. Try starting the vehicle with the dead battery, but don’t try to start it more than four times in a row – repeated attempts could damage the vehicle’s electrical system.
- Once the car with the dead battery is running, disconnect the cables. Be sure to take them off in the reverse order of the way you connected them, and make sure that you don’t let the clamps touch.
Once you’re all set, take a drive and let the battery recharge to full capacity. And if you have any concerns about your battery, the expert technicians at our Service Center are more than happy to make sure that it’s in proper running order.