How to jump start a car: Toyota of Orlando tips

March 16th, 2018 by

Do you know how to jump-start a car?

It’s a pretty essential skill. Almost all of us have been in the tight spot where our car battery conks out, we can’t get our ride up and running, and we’re stuck waiting for a tow truck. However, if you carry jumper cables and know how to jump-start a car, you’re a lot more self-sufficient. If you get your car running again, you can bring it straight to our Orlando Toyota service center to have the battery checked and if needed, switched out, instead of sitting around for hours waiting for a tow. Knowing how to jump-start a car will make your drive time safer, easier, and a lot more time- and money-efficient. We’ve got the step-by-step instructions you need right here!

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Learn how to jump-start a car, step by step

Step #1: Buy jumper cables. You don’t want to have to depend on passerby to have them when you need to jump-start a car. Keep them in your trunk at all times.

Step #2: Before you hook up the jumper cables, ensure that the car battery is actually the problem. Our Orlando Toyota service specialists recommend checking your fuel level, checking the dashboard for any warning lights, and turning on the headlights. If the headlights glow strong and bright, your issue isn’t the battery. If they’re dim, flickering, or dead, it’s time to jump-start your ride.

Step #3: Pop the hood of your car and have the person who’s giving you a jump pull up next to you and pop theirs. Make sure the cars are close enough that the jumper cables will reach both batteries and turn both cars completely off.

Step #4: Connect one of the RED cables to the POSITIVE terminal on the working battery. Attach the other RED cable to the POSITIVE terminal on the dead battery.

Step #5: Connect one of the BLACK cables to the NEGATIVE terminal on the working battery. Attach the other BLACK cable to a metal surface on the car with the dead battery. Keep this cable as far away as possible from the battery and don’t attach it to anything in the engine bay.

Step #6: Start the working car and let it run for a few minutes, leaving your car off. After a few minutes have elapsed, start your car. Then it’s safe to remove the jumper cables in the opposite order – black then red.

Step #7: Head straight to our Orlando auto service center to have things checked out. You may have just left a light on in your car, but it’s worth having your battery and its voltage checked to ensure it’s not going to die again.

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Orlando battery service is within your reach

Need to schedule battery service? Call Toyota of Orlando today – our service center is open seven days a week with the longest hours in Central Florida.

 

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