How to Jump Start a Car Battery

Have you ever gotten behind the wheel of your car only to find that the battery is completely dead? As we all will learn at some point, this is an incredibly frustrating situation. Fortunately, you can prepare for this situation by having a trusty set of car jumper cables. A dead car battery can usually be fixed by a jump start, but there are other times in which more extensive Orlando car maintenance will be needed. Luckily, our Toyota Service Center in Orlando can help you get your car running again!  

Knowing how to properly jump start a car can help you save time and money, which is where we come in. Toyota of Orlando wants to teach you how to jump start a car, so you can avoid this annoying situation!

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What to do before jumpstarting your car

Before you get ready to perform this Orlando car maintenance, you should rule out that other things are not to blame. Here are some ways you can see if your problem is indeed a dead battery:

  • Turn on the headlights and the interior lights and then turn the key. If the battery is low, the light will dim when the key is turned. 
  • Turn on the ignition and if you only hear clicks, or if the engine turns slowly, it means you have a dead battery on your hands.
  • If you try to turn the engine, and it does turn, it means that the battery is NOT the problem. Bring your car to our Orlando Toyota Service Center to get it checked out!
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Orlando Toyota Service Center teaches you how to jump start your car

After you determine the battery is indeed the problem, you can perform this car maintenance in Orlando to get some juice in the battery. Jump starting your car is pretty simple and it's the type of Orlando car maintenance skill every driver should have in their repertoire. 

To be able to perform this car maintenance in Orlando, you'll have to enlist the help of a buddy to jump start your car. You'll also need a good pair of jumper cables. Once your friend gets to the scene, line the vehicles side by side. They need to be close enough that the cables reach both of the cars, but far enough that the cars don't touch. Turn both vehicles off before starting this car maintenance in Orlando:
  • The first thing you need to do for this car maintenance is attach one side of the RED jumper cable to the POSITIVE (+) terminal of the good battery.
  • Once you've done that, attach the other side of the red jumper cable to the positive terminal of the dead battery.
  • After that, you can move on to the black cables. Attach one side of the BLACK jumper cable to the NEGATIVE (-) terminal of the good battery.
  • This step is extremely important: the other side of the black cable should then be attached to a plain metal surface of the car with the dead battery. You could seriously damage your car if you attach the black cable to the battery!
Once you attach the cables to the batteries, start the car with the good battery. Leaving the car running for a few minutes during this car maintenance should charge the dead battery. Once it's charged, start the vehicle with the dead battery and leave it running for 10 minutes or so. 

We told you this Orlando car maintenance procedure is easy to do! However, make sure you do it right! Mixing the two cables can result in permanent damage to your car, which means you might need to do more Orlando car maintenance to get it to work right once again.

If you find yourself needing car maintenance or a new car battery, visit our Toyota Service Center in Orlando. We're located at 3575 Vineland Road, near the Millenia Mall. Give our service center a call at (866) 945-0493 to schedule an appointment. 

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