How to Jump Start a Car

Jump starting a car


Is your vehicle having trouble starting? You’ll likely need a jump start, car battery service, or something similar, though it’s probably the first option. Learn more about how to properly jump start a car from Cable Dahmer Kia of Lee's Summit so you won’t need to call a jump start service. If your battery is nearing the end of its life, visit our service center near Kansas City for a replacement.

The Proper Way to Jump Start a Car

Before you jump start your vehicle, you’ll need a few things including a set of jumper cables and another vehicle. If you’d rather have professional help, you can also call a jump start car service like AAA. Once you’ve got that settled, follow these steps:

  • Have the car with the good battery park facing the other vehicle, then make sure the vehicle is turned off. Check to make sure both parking brakes are engaged.
  • Open both hoods and find the batteries. You may need to remove a plastic hood to expose the battery terminals.
  • Identify the positive and negative terminals. Make sure they’re clean and free of any corrosion.
  • Connect the red clamp to the positive post on the dead battery.
  • Uncoiling the battery cable, hook the other red clamp to the positive terminal of the battery with the charge.
  • Connect the black clamp to the negative post on the good battery.
  • For the final clamp, connect it to an unpainted metal surface on the car’s frame.
  • Once everything is hooked up securely, start the engine of the vehicle with the good battery first, then the one with the dead battery.
  • 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.
  • 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.

More Battery Tips and Tricks

If the car won’t jump start, this may mean you’re in need of a battery replacement or it could be a sign of a more serious problem. Follow these steps to troubleshoot the issue:

  • If you try and start the car but only hear a clicking sound, the starter might not be functioning. Schedule service at Cable Dahmer Kia of Lee's Summit near Independence 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. That allows the battery to recharge fully after it’s been drained.

Turn to Cable Dahmer Kia of Lee's Summit for Service

Whether you need help with a new battery or an oil change, we can help. Our service center is located just a short trip from Independence, so stop by today. We also offer service specials to help make the services your vehicle needs more affordable. Have questions in the meantime? Contact our team!

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