by Doris Donnerman
(last updated May 25, 2010)
If your car battery is dead, jumper cables and another car can quickly get you moving again. But check your owner's manual first. Some cars with electronic engine-management systems are seriously damaged by jumpstarting.
You can give your car a jumpstart by following these steps:
When the car is running smoothly, disconnect the jumper cables from the two cars. Don't turn off your car (the one that needed to be jumped) for about thirty minutes. Driving around can help the car recharge the battery so it will work properly the next time you start up.
When jumping your car's battery, there are a couple of things you should be careful about. If you connect both the red and black cables to a battery, don't touch the copper leads on the other end of the cables to each other or allow a conductive surface to come in contact with the leads. Doing so could result in a spectacular shower of sparks and might damage the car's electrical system.
Having a battery die on you can be an embarrassing and frustrating event. Luckily, charging your battery is something ...Discover More
Automotive electrical systems can be a tad confusing, and troubleshooting an electrical problem can be daunting. It ...Discover More
No matter how well you take care of your car, you will eventually need to replace the battery. Replacing a battery is an ...Discover More