How to Jump Start a Car

Delaney Honda Indiana PA

Can’t get your vehicle to start? It’s possible that you need a jump start, car battery service, or maybe a new battery. That being said, a quick jump start will most likely be all you require. This guide on how to properly jump start a car from Delaney Honda can help you avoid call to a jump start car service. But if you find that your battery is unable to hold a charge, visit our service center near Greensburg for a replacement.

The Proper Way to Jump Start a Car

If your car won’t start, you can call a jump start car service like AAA, but if you want to do it yourself, you’ll need a set of jumper cables and another vehicle. Once you’ve got that squared away, just follow these steps:

  • Park the car with the good battery park facing your vehicle, then make sure that both vehicles are turned off. For safety, you should make sure that the parking brakes on both vehicles are engaged.
  • Open both hoods and find the batteries. You may need to remove a plastic hood to expose the battery terminals.
  • Find the positive and negative terminals, and make sure that they are clean and free of any corrosion.
  • Connect the red clamp to the positive post on the dead battery.
  • Attach the other red clamp to the positive terminal of the battery with the charge.
  • Connect the black clamp to the negative post on the good battery.
  • Attach the other black clamp to an unpainted metal surface on your car’s frame.
  • Once everything is hooked up securely, start the engine of the vehicle with the good battery first, then the one with the dead battery.
  • Once your vehicle has been jump-started, carefully remove the jumper cables in the reverse order that they were placed on, then shut off the car that was used to help jump-start the dead car.
  • Keep the engine running on the restarted vehicle for at least 10 to 15 minutes to ensure that the battery is recharged. Consult your owner’s manual for more info on recommended times.

More Battery Tips and Tricks

If your car won’t jump start, you may need a battery replacement. It could also be a sign of a more serious electrical problem. These steps will help you to troubleshoot the issue:

  • If the car won’t start and you hear a clicking sound when you turn the ignition key, the starter may be malfunctioning. Schedule service at Delaney Honda near Johnstown, and our expert techs will diagnose exactly what the problem is.
  • If the engine fails to turn over but the electrical systems light up, there could be a problem with the ignition switch, battery, starter, or a fuse. Our service technicians can get to the bottom of it and have you back on the road in no time...
  • It is important to keep your vehicle running for a while after getting the jump, in order for the battery to fully recharge.

Trust the Service Experts at Delaney Honda

Whether you need help with a battery issue, want to find out how to check your transmission fluid, how to check your car oil, how to prepare your car for winter driving, or how to remove stickers from a car, the service professionals at Delaney Honda can help. We provide the full menu of maintenance and repair services, from tire rotations to brake replacement, and with our service and parts specials, you’ll enjoy some of the best deals available in the Johnstown area. Please feel free to contact our Service Center if you have any questions.