We all, at any point, must have come across the dreadful fate any car owner could experience- Battery Dead. It is frustrating, inconvenient, and shows up suddenly without notice, often when you need to use your car in an urgency! Despite trying your absolute best to create a convenient environment for your car, battery failures are almost unavoidable. What if it fails when you need to use your car immediately? You can try various means to diagnose the battery but when everything you try gets unsuccessful, the last resort which should come to your mind is- Jump Starting.
Jump starting a car is a simple process but can get dangerous if done improperly. Here are the steps you should follow for jump-starting your car-
- Restart your car engine with the help of a working battery– Start the engine of a working car and bring it as close as possible towards the car with the dead battery. Open the bonnets of both the cars and remove the plastic covering of the batteries.
- Connect the batteries of both the cars by using jumper cables– This is a critical step and requires absolute caution. The jumper cables come color-coded- one in red color and the other in black color. Be careful while connecting them to the batteries.
Attach the RED COLOR jumper cable to the “+” marked terminal of the battery of one car to the “+” marked terminal of the battery of the other car.
Similarly, attach the BLACK COLOR jumper cable to the “-” marked terminal of the battery of one car to the “-” marked terminal of the battery of the other car.
NEVER connect the “+” with the “-” and always recheck it very carefully. Connecting a positive (+) terminal with the negative (-) terminal is extremely risky as it causes the battery to explode creating a fire and destroys the car. It is also advisable to keep a distance between both the cables without crossing them.
- Start the car– After connecting the cables carefully, the next step is to start the car which has a healthy battery. After starting the car, reverse it slightly and keep it around 3000 RPM. The way, the battery of the healthy car will recharge the energy in the car with the dead battery. Start the above step only after carefully inspecting the terminals on which the cables are connected. Proceeding like this should instantly start the car with the dead battery. If it doesn’t, increase the power by increasing the RPM.
- Carefully disconnect the cables from both the batteries– After recharging the dead battery, it is time to remove the cables from both the batteries. Switch off the ignition from both the cars. We recommend you to carefully remove one cable at a time. Do not let the cable clamps touch each other they can short circuit damaging the car in the process.
- Notice the condition of the cables before storing them– Inspect the cables carefully. If the cables get very warm or hot, it means that the cables are broken or are in a deteriorated condition. Do not use them again and its best to discard or replace them. Cheaper cables are often made using low-grade copper and cannot handle excessive or moderate current passing through them. It is heavily recommended to use expensive high-grade thick copper cables as they last longer and are very safe.
Although jump-starting a car seems risky, it is not dangerous as long as you execute the process with absolute care and caution from the beginning till the end. Also, using inferior material to jump-start a car is not advised and always look for higher quality cables. If you are unable to find the cables for jump-starting the car or facing difficulty in doing so, call FastFix at 81145500 for immediate professional services.