How to Jump a Car Battery

Jump Starting Your Car Battery

Your car battery is an imperative part of your vehicle as it is what provides the spark to fire the ignition that powers the car, so you can get to work in Maple Shade, Moorestown, or Cherry Hill. However, sometimes your battery can become drained of its power and in this instance, it’ll require a quick charge or a jump-start to get it to fire again.

While there could be many reasons that your battery may require a jump-start, it’s important that you follow the proper procedure. At Elite Acura, we want to make sure that our customers are prepared for every situation, so we’ve created some quick and easy instructions if you need to jump a car battery. If you’re still not sure, contact us to talk to one of our skilled service advisors.

Jumping the Battery: Proper Procedure

How to Jump a Car BatteryIf you come outside one morning and your car won’t start, you may notice that the engine simply will not turn over or that you’re hearing a repetitive clicking sound when you turn the key. This is a good indication that the battery needs a jump. So, let’s get started.

  • First, you’ll want to take out your jumper cables and make sure that they’re in good condition.
  • Then, you’ll want to make sure that both the car that needs to be jumped and the car which you’ll use as the power source are facing each other. You’ll likely want to make sure that the cars are as close to each other as possible to properly reach the battery. They’ll both need to be turned off as well.
  • Take the first red clip and attach it to the positive terminal of the battery that isn’t working.  Then, attach the other red clip to the working battery.
  • Attach the first black clip to the negative terminal of the working battery and then clamp the other black piece onto a large unpainted metal part of the car with the dead battery. It is recommended that you not connect this black clip to the negative port of the battery in need of the charge as it can cause sparking.
  • Next, the person with the charging car will need to start their engine. While it is not necessary for them to give it gas, some people do this.
  • Finally, get behind the wheel of your car and fire it up. If it starts, drive it for a couple of miles to let the battery charge a bit. If not, you may need a new battery.

What Drains Your Battery?

There are several different things that can drain the power from your battery, but the most common culprit is lights that have been left on. Headlights, dome lights, essentially any light in your car can drain the battery. Leaving a door slightly ajar or the trunk open can drain a battery overnight, so be sure to double check.

There are several other mechanical factors that can cause battery drain, but human error is one of the more common issues. If you know that everything was off and your car was closed up for the night, there is a chance that you may have a parasitic drain of the battery or a problem with the electrical system.

Too Many Jumps

Replacing Your Car BatteryJumping a car every once in a while is a great option if your trunk lid was accidentally left open all night and you need a quick surge of power, but if you notice that it is something you are doing consistently, you may need a new battery. This is where we come in.

If your battery is slowly taking its last gasping breaths, come see the highly skilled technicians at our service center. They’ll be able to diagnose the battery issue, replace it, and have you out the door in no time, thus enabling you to retire those jumper cables for the time being. For your convenience, we offer online scheduling, as well.

Your Full-Service Dealership

Whether you simply need a quick visit to our service center or if you’re in the market for a new vehicle, we welcome you. Our drivers in the Maple Shade, Moorestown, and Cherry Hill areas are of the utmost importance to us and we want you to know we are always here to help at Elite Acura.