Our car, being 30 years old, often has many quirks and complications. Every day we deal with something different. Recently, we had a problem with our battery.
At 9:00 in the morning we went to help one of our friends jump start their battery. After we returned home, we didn’t realize that our headlights were on. Hours later, when we were leaving to help someone move, our car was dead. Our first instinct was to push start the car. Luckily enough for us our driveway is a little elevated so pushing it down the driveway was actually pretty easy. However, the battery was so dead that push starting it didn’t work, and now, the car was in the middle of the road. We tried to continue to push the car but, the road has a little uphill that we couldn’t push it over. So instead we pushed it as far back toward the driveway as possible. This wasn’t very far since, like I said, the driveway is elevated, and we couldn’t push the car back UP the driveway to try again. So there we were, 3 women pushing the car back and forth within the few meters that we could push it, in the middle of the road.
After realizing that that wasn’t going to work, we called the friend that we had originally helped with their battery to help us as well. They jump started our car, drove away, and our car stalled and died again; we called them back to jump start it again. After all that, we finally got our car going and off we zoomed.
This debacle made me realize that I wasn’t quite sure how to jump start a car because I have never had to do it before. I’ve only watched others do it. So, for those like me, here is how to jump start your car:
1) Get out your jumper cables.
2) My dad says that he likes to leave the live car running because he thinks starting it while it is hooked up to the other one has too much strain on the car, but if you want to be safe then you can turn the live car off. Place the red or yellow clamps onto the positive side of the battery of both cars.
3) Next put one black clamp on the live car on the negative side of the battery.
4) The last black clamp will complete the circuit, and if the live car is running it will spark. So, make sure you know exactly where you are going to put it. You can either put it on the negative side of the battery or you can put it on the frame of the dead car.
5) Now that both cars are hooked up, the live car can press on the accelerator pedal to increase the volts and help charge the battery. Of course, make sure that your emergency brake is on and that you are in neutral or park.
6) Wait for a little while, then try to start the dead car. If the dead car starts, first remove the black clamp that you put on last. It could spark but often doesn’t. Then, remove the other cables.
7) If you are the one with the dead car, make sure you don’t turn off your car so that the battery can fully charge.
written by ashley