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How to Jump a Car Battery

Jump Starting Your Car BatteryThe battery is what provides a jolt of electricity to your vehicle, so it can start. Without a working battery, you may be left without transportation in Harrisburg, Mechanicsburg, or Trevose.

But, there are ways to remedy the issue, before replacing the battery. In this informative guide, we’ll tell you how to jump a car battery. Then, if you need any type of battery service, just contact us at Faulkner Auto Group, and we’ll help you out.

Jumping a Car Battery

In order to jump-start a car, you’ll need a pair of jumper cables and another vehicle with a working battery. Then, complete the following steps…

  1. Place both cars in Park or Neutral and shut each ignition off.
  2. Attach one of the red clips from the jumper cable to the positive terminal of your battery.
  3. Attach the other red clip to the positive terminal of the other vehicle.
  4. Attach one of the black clips from the jumper cable to the negative terminal on the other car’s battery.
  5. Connect the last black clip to an unpainted metal surface on your vehicle. Make sure that the spot isn’t near the battery.
  6. Start the working automobile and let the engine run for a few minutes.
  7. Try to start your car.

If your car starts, don’t shut off the engine. Instead, drive around for about 15 minutes to recharge the battery. If the vehicle doesn’t start after the initial jump, or it doesn’t start after the next time you use it, then the battery may need to be replaced.

Signs a Battery Replacement Is Needed

Dashboard Battery Warning LightThere are other signs that indicate a battery replacement is needed as soon as possible, such as…

  • Swelling or bloating battery case: When a car battery is exposed to extreme cold or heat, the sides of the battery case can swell. This often results in an electrically dead battery that’ll need to be replaced.
  • Battery leak: If the battery starts leaking, corrosion can form around the posts where the positive and negative cable connections are located. When that happens, the connections need to be cleaned. Otherwise, your vehicle may not start.
  • Electrical component issues: The battery does more than just start your car. It also powers the various electronics, like the radio, dashboard lights, headlights, and more. If any of them aren’t working like they should, then there may be an issue with the battery.
  • Dashboard warning light appears: Most automobiles have a warning light that’ll appear in the shape of a battery. If it comes on, there could be an issue with the battery itself, the alternator, or some other part of the electrical system. Either way, you’ll want to get it checked out right away.
  • Old age: A car battery usually lasts 4-5 years. However, this can fluctuate depending on things like extreme temperature changes. But, if the battery has reached the 4-year mark, you’ll want to get it tested by a professional to see how much life it has left.

Schedule Battery Service Today

Whether your car battery needs a repair or replacement, we can help! Contact Faulkner Auto Group, and we’ll have you driving around Harrisburg, Mechanicsburg, and Trevose in a well-performing automobile in no time.

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