A stagnant car with a dead battery is a problem most of us have had to deal with at least once in our lifetime, and when it happens, it can be hard to find the best measure possible to take. It happens to the best of us. If this is the predicament you find yourself in now, you’ve come to the right place since we have the best solutions. All you need to get your car moving and on the road again is a simple jump starter kit. In case you don’t have one with you, you can also flag down a helpful traveler and ask to use their vehicle for jump starting purposes. Instructions for both of these methods are given below.
Method 1: Jump Starter
A jump starter or a jump charger is a device that can be purchased and kept in the car for times of emergencies. It is a portable battery with jump cables connected to it. There are two jump cables, a red one and a black one, for the positive terminal and negative terminal of your car’s battery respectively. The positive terminal will have a plus sign or a red label, and the negative terminal will be marked with a minus sign or a black label.
Ensure that both the car and the jump starter are turned off before you begin the process. Connect the clamp at the end of the red cable to the positive terminal and the end of the black cable to the negative terminal in that order. Make sure you connect the red cable first before you move on to the black cable. Once the respective connections are made, turn on the power switch of the jump starter. Give it a few minutes and then turn on your car engine. After a few minutes, turn the starter off with the car engine still running and the remove the connection in reverse order of connecting them, that is, the black cable first and the red second.
Method 2: Jump Start Cables
This method still requires jump starter cables. However, the external battery source can be substituted by the battery from a different vehicle instead of a jump starter kit. Both vehicles involved must be turned off and in no way active before beginning the connections. The cables should be connected to the terminals of your car’s battery in the same procedure. Once the red cable is connected to the positive terminal, and the black cable is connected to the negative terminal, the other ends of the cables should be connected to the other car in the same manner. Turn on the engine of the vehicle from which the battery is to be charged first. Give it a few minutes time, and then turn on your car. After a few minutes, turn off the other vehicle and gently remove the cables in reverse order of connecting them. Your car should be ready to go.
These instructions must be followed by proper protection and safety precautions. These are meant to be temporary measures and not permanent solutions.