How To Jump Start Your Car

The booster cables and discharged battery, cold winter day

Every car should have a roadside emergency kit with jumper cables. Whether your battery is dead, or you need to jump start someone else's vehicle, it's a good idea to have them because you can never guarantee that you'll find someone else with a set when you need them.

If your vehicle is regularly losing its charge, then you may have a faulty battery. In this case, you should bring it in to Mississauga Kia to get your battery tested.

If you're worried about relying on someone else to jumpstart your car, most auto parts stores also carry emergency jumpstart kits with a built-in battery that will hold a charge for many months.

Steps to Jump Starting a Car Battery

If you find yourself with a dead car battery, and without a battery charger, you are going to need to find someone with a vehicle to help you. Once you find this good Samaritan, you'll need to follow these steps on how to use jumper cables to start your car:

  • Park the two vehicles as close as possible, nose-to-nose, so that the batteries are as close together as possible.
  • Turn the ignitions off (all the way off) in both vehicles. No electrical components should be running.
  • Identify the positive and negative terminals on both batteries. If you connect the wrong terminals, bad things could happen-including a fire in your car.
  • Connect the red, positive (+) end of the good battery to the red jumper cable, and connect this cable to the positive terminal of the dead battery.
  • Connect the black, negative (-) end of the good battery to the black jumper cable. Connect the other end of this cable to a metallic, non-painted part of the dead vehicle's engine (this is the ground). Only use the ground (-) post of the dead battery if absolutely necessary.
  • Let the good engine run for a few minutes with the cables on to charge the dead battery before trying to start it.
  • Turn off the other car. With the cables still connected, try starting the car with the dead battery.
  • Once the car is running again, remove the jumper cables in the reverse order. (Remove the negative cable from the formerly dead battery, then negative from the good battery, positive from the good battery and then positive from the once dead one).
  • Close the hood and you are ready to get back on the road.