A car breaking down in the middle of road or a car that’s not starting is probably one of the most dreaded situations for a driver. It is a sign that leads to common car problems. Most experienced drivers have experienced this even at least once in their ‘driving lives’. But if you are one of those rare ones who still haven’t experienced it, it’ll be better for you to know exactly what to do just in case you’ll encounter this.
Advance Car Wreckers has been providing damaged and junk car removal services in Melbourne for more than two decades now. As vehicle removal experts and trusted used car buyers, we have seen and handled all kinds of car problems, we are here to teach you how you can safely and properly jumpstart your car.
The most important thing to do first…
Double-check if your battery is really the problem. Make sure that it’s the reason why your car won’t start. Take a look at your headlights and interior lights. If they seem dimmer than normal, then it’s most likely a battery problem. You may also check your dashboard lights. Even with the lowest battery power, the dashboard lights can still flicker and light up. If it doesn’t work at all, there’s a chance that the battery isn’t the culprit.
Once you have confirmed that the battery is really the problem, you have two options: To jumpstart your car with cables AND without cables. You can do the first one for all kinds of vehicles. You just need a set of jumper cables and another car that has a perfectly running battery. For jumpstarting a car without a cable, you wouldn’t need any kind of tool and another battery (from someone else’s car). However, you might be needing extra sets of hands.
We’ll teach you how to do both by giving you a simple step-by-step guide:
Ready your jumper cables…
Step 1: Park the two cars facing each other with just the right space in between them. Not too far for the cables to reach both batteries, and not too near as if touching because you might cause an electrical arc with the two cars. Make sure that both parking brakes are engaged as well.
Step 2: Open the hoods and locate each of the batteries. Connect them using your jumper cables. Attach the red clamps of the cable to each of the two batteries’ positive terminals. If your battery doesn’t have red markers, look for the one with the (+) or (POS) mark.
Step 3: Attach one black clamp to the negative (-) terminal of the good/working battery. Then, attach the other black clamp to an unpainted (and not oily) metal surface in your car. You may choose a protruding nut or bolt that it attached to your engine. Make sure that NONE of the clamps or cables are dangling and touching the battery’s body, a moving part, or any other engine component, that is really dangerous.
Step 4: Start the car with the working battery first. Let it idle for a few minutes, then rev its engine a little above 0 for 30 to 60 seconds. Even if you haven’t tried to start your car yet, it is already charging your dead battery. So don’t rush it. The short waiting time while the other car is running and almost idle is very important.
Step 5: Now start your car. If it doesn’t, turn your engine off again and make sure your cables are connected properly. If it finally starts, allow at least 5 minutes for it your battery to charge more.
Step 6: Remove each clamp or clip in reverse order of how you have placed them. (1) take the black clamp from the grounded metal, (2) take the black clip from the negative terminal of the other person’s car battery, (3) remove the red clamp from the good battery’s positive terminal, (4) then disconnect the red clamp from your car’s almost dead battery’s positive terminal.
If you don’t have jumper cables and you have a M/T car, you may do this…
Step 1: Find people who can help push your car. If you are luckily to have been parked on top of a hill, then you may not need to ask help from other people anymore.
Step 2: Step on the clutch completely against the floor.
Step 3: Put the car in 2nd gear.
Step 4: Turn the ignition on, but don’t try to start it up.
Step 5: Take your foot off the brake pedal. Tell the other people to start pushing your car. If you are on top of a declining terrain, you may start to feel your car slowly coast down.
Step 6: When you see your car’s speed reaching 8kph or 5mph, release the clutch very quickly. Your engine should start to turn. If not, keep depressing and releasing the clutch until it works.
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