How to Jump-Start a Car

jumper cables applied to a car battery


If you’re around Union County and your car won’t start, then you might be in need of jump-start, car battery service, or something similar. For drivers who don’t know how to properly jump-start a car, the experts at from Springfield Acura are here to help. Learn more about how you can easily find jump-start car service no matter if you’re around town or far from home, and see how you can find the perfect battery replacement and other reliable maintenance at Springfield Acura today!

The Proper Way to Jump-Start a Car

To jump-start a car battery, all you need is a set of jumper cables and another vehicle. If you don’t have those on hand, you can turn to AAA. Once you’ve got that settled, follow these steps on how to properly jump-start a car:

  1. Have the car with the good battery park facing the other vehicle, then make sure that the vehicle is turned off. Check to make sure both parking brakes are engaged.
  2. Open both hoods and find the batteries. You may need to remove a plastic hood to expose the battery terminals.
  3. Identify the positive and negative terminals. Make sure they’re clean and free of any corrosion.
  4. Connect the red clamp to the positive post on the dead battery.
  5. Uncoiling the battery cable, hook the other red clamp to the positive terminal of the battery with the charge.
  6. Connect the black clamp to the negative post on the good battery.
  7. For the final clamp, connect it to an unpainted metal surface on your car’s frame.
  8. Once everything is hooked up securely, start the engine of the vehicle with the good battery first, then the one with the dead battery.
  9. Once the dead 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.
  10. Keep the engine running on the restarted vehicle for at least 10 minutes to ensure that the weak battery doesn’t die again right away. Consult your owner’s manual for more info on recommended times.

Jump-Start Car Service with Acura Roadside Assistance

You can get great assistance on Union County roads with jump-start car service as part of the Acura Roadside Assistance program for 7 years or up to 100,000 miles. Acura Roadside Assistance is available 24/7, so no matter the time of day, you can expect help to be there.

Jump-Start Car Battery Tips and Tricks

If you still find that your car won’t jump-start around Union County, then it may be time to shop for a battery replacement, or it can also be a larger issue. Here are a couple more jump-start car tips that can help you determine the problem and get it fixed:

  • If you try and start the car but only hear a clicking sound, the starter might not be functioning. Schedule service at Springfield Acura near Bridgewater for a replacement.
  • If the electrical systems of the car turn on, but the engine fails to turn over, the problem could be a number of issues. The ignition switch, battery, starter, or a fuse could be the problem. It’s worth bringing your vehicle to a service center so they can diagnose the issue.
  • Be sure to keep your vehicle running for a while after getting the jump. This allows the battery to recharge fully after it’s been drained.

Find More Reliable Jump-Start Car Service at Springfield Acura

Whether you’re in need of jump-start car service on Union County roads or other maintenance, our team is here to get you back behind the wheel. Turn to the service department at Springfield Acura, and check our more helpful maintenance tips and tricks to keep your vehicle running at its best. Save with our rotating service specials and coupons, and check out our OEM factory parts. Contact us to schedule an appointment at our dealership in Springfield Township!

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