People run into situations where their car batteries die all the time. A dead battery can ruin your whole schedule and your mood. Your best option of course is to contact a 24-hour towing service, but it is still possible to do a battery recharge or car jump start by yourself. Using just a set of jumper cables as well as someone to assist you with a car that has a fresh battery, you can go on your way in no time. You can follow a few simple steps if you find yourself with a dead battery.
- Park the cars opposite each one and make sure that you turn them off. Leave a few feet between both cars and then open the front hoods.
- Make sure you are wearing safety gloves as well as glasses before you begin looking underneath the hood.
- Locate every battery and the positive and negative terminals. If the dead battery appears like it’s corroded or leaking, do not try a battery recharge. You might damage both the vehicles and possibly place yourself in danger. If everything is normal, remove the covers from over the positive as well as the negative terminals of every battery.
- It is then time to place the cables. When you need to do this, be careful. There is a certain order in which you place the cables. The clamps should not be touching each other. Hook a positive clamp to the positive terminal of the dead battery. Next, connect the other positive clamp to the positive terminal of the battery that works. Connect a negative clamp to the negative terminal of the battery works. Connect the other negative clamp to any metal that is unpainted which is not close to the battery, like a bolt on the engine manifold. Do not attach the clamp to the negative post of the dead battery.
- Start the working car’s engine and rev the engine just a bit for one minute to charge the dead battery. After a minute, you need to start your car.
- If it will not start, check the placement/grip of the clamps and then try once more. If you cannot get the car started, it is maybe time to contact a 24-hour towing service.
There are signs when your car will not start and it is caused by a number of reasons. The first sign is that your car is silent if you turn the key in the ignition. For this, you need to check the battery terminal cable connections. If they appear corroded, force the point of a screwdriver using an insulated or wooden handle between the connector as well as the terminal post and twist it so that you can lodge it firmly. Attempt to start the engine. If it starts, then you have to clean or replace the cables.
Another sign is when your car creates a clicking noise but will not start. The sound typically means a dead battery. If not, check the wires to and from the starter for some loose connection. The car cranks but will not start. Check the supply of your fuel to your engine. If it’s alright, check if the electrical spark is getting to the spark plugs. When your engine starts but dies, check your carburetor adjustment, if your car has a carburetor and check your choke to see if the choke is first closing and then opening. If you have fuel injection, then you need the assistance of a professional.
If your car doesn’t start on a rainy day, check the inside of the distributor cap for dampness. If you see moisture, get some solvent from a mechanic from your friendly service station. They use it so that the car parts are clean. You can buy an aerosol can from an auto supply store. To evaporate whatever dampness inside the distributor cap, turn the cap upside down and pour or spray solvent into it. Then dry the cap.