How to Jump-Start a Car Battery

Jumper Cables

There’s nothing more frustrating before heading out on the St Cloud roads than finding out your car won’t start. In this case, you’ll usually need to perform jump-start car service, which is pretty straightforward. If you’re not familiar with how the process works, don’t panic! The service experts at Morrie's Auto Connection are here to show you how to properly jump-start a car. 

After showing you the proper way to jump-start a car, we’ll also show you other things you can do to make sure your car’s battery is in good condition. That includes what to do if your car won’t jump-start and other helpful tips!

How to Properly Jump-Start a Car Yourself

To jump-start a car battery, you’ll need a set of jumper cables and another car with a working battery, preferably with another driver too. Once you have all of the necessary tools, follow these steps to learn the proper way to jump-start a car yourself: 

  1. Park both vehicles with the batteries facing each other. For most vehicles, this will mean having the front parts of both vehicles close together. 
  2. Open the hoods of both cars, and find their batteries. Be sure to remove any coverings you need in order to access the batteries. 
  3. For each battery, locate the negative and positive terminals. Make sure the batteries are free of any dirt, debris, or corrosion. Consult your owner’s manual if you have trouble finding the batteries or their positive and negative terminals. 
  4. Now, grab your jumper cables, and connect the red cable end to the positive terminal on the dead battery. Make sure the cables don’t touch each other during this process.
  5. Connect the other red cable end to the positive terminal of the working battery. 
  6. Connect the black cable end to the negative terminal on the working battery. 
  7. Connect the remaining black cable end to the negative terminal on the dead battery. 
  8. Once the jumper cables are connected to both batteries, start the car with the working battery. 
  9. Let the car run for about five minutes before attempting to start the car with the dead battery. 
  10. Start the vehicle with the dead battery. 
  11. Once the car has started, remove all of the jumper cables, and close the hoods of both vehicles. 
  12. Be sure to let the car run for at least 10-15 minutes. This will give your battery enough time to charge.

What If Your Car Won’t Jump-Start? 

If you don’t feel comfortable performing this service yourself or if you don’t have jumper cables, you can always call roadside assistance for jump-start car service. They can come to you, and if your car won’t jump-start, they can tow your vehicle to the nearest service center around Albertville. You can also bring your vehicle to Morrie's Auto Connection or any of our locations for a battery inspection or other kinds of battery services. 

Other Jump-Start Car Service Tips

If you’ve tried to jump-start your car battery and the car still won’t start, then there might be other factors to consider: 

  • If you only hear a clicking sound when jump-starting your car, then you might have a problem with the starter. 
  • If the electrical systems turn on but the engine won’t start, then this could indicate several potential issues, including problems with the ignition switch, starter, or fuse. 
  • Sometimes, you’ll just need to replace the battery as your current battery might be expired. 
  • A battery trickle charger is a tool that many Rogers drivers don’t know about, but it can help prevent your battery from running out of power after it’s been jumped-started. 

Hopefully, you don’t have any other questions about the proper way to jump-start a car. But, if you do have any questions about the process or about your car’s battery in general, reach out to the professionals at Morrie's Auto Connection any time!

Keep Your Car’s Battery in Check in St Cloud!

If you’re not comfortable with jump-starting your car or don’t have the tools to properly jump-start your car, contact us! We have the expertise to help you keep your new or used vehicle running as it should. 


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