One thing you will want to know about jumping a car right off the bat is that you must have the positives and negatives matched up right. If you don’t match the positives and negatives up right, you could jump yourself. You don’t want that! You’re good to go, and you need your car good to go. So let’s talk about how to jump a car properly.
First of all, you have to get the vehicle that is going to help jump the car in proper position. The car can’t move, and you need the other vehicle close enough to where the jumper cables reach. Once you have that step completed, you need to turn off both vehicles. Did you catch that? You can only turn off one vehicle because the other one won’t start?
Okay, in all seriousness, it’s time to get down to business. Pop the hoods of both vehicles, and find the battery charging posts. Not only do you need to get the positives and negatives matched up properly, but there is an order to things. You’re going to start with the red positive connection for the car that won’t start. Once you have that post connected up, you’re going to move to the same positive post on the vehicle that is jumping your car.
Now you’re going to connect the black negative jumper cable to the vehicle that is going to charge your car. Once you have that step completed, it’s important that you understand you need to be careful. Don’t be scared, but just be diligent and focused. You don’t want to touch the metal clip part of the last remaining black negative cable. In fact, you don’t want to touch it to anything except the final charging post, which is of course on the car that won’t start.
Be sure that you follow the order of the instructions mentioned above. The joke about jumping yourself was to lighten up the learning process. Yet you have to be careful and understand that this is a serious matter. When you get ready to do the jump after all the cables are connected, you start the vehicle that is jumping your car.
You don’t want to try and start the car with the dead battery right away. You want to let it charge for a few minutes, and then you can give it a try. That is how you jump a car.