How to Jump Start a Car

When your vehicle refuses to start and you’re stranded on Round Rock streets, more often than not, all you need is to jump start your car battery. If you’ve never jump started a car, the thought can be intimidating, but don’t worry, Nyle Maxwell Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram is here for you. If you don’t want to call a jump start service like Mopar®, simply follow these instructions laid out by our service center specialists on how to jump properly jump start a car. And if you end up needing a near battery, you can always reach out to our parts center for the best genuine Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram parts.

The Proper Way to Jump Start a Car

As far as supplies goes, to jump a car all you need is jumper cables and another vehicle. Once you’ve found a friend or family member willing to lend a hand, follow these steps:

  • The car with the good battery should park across from the car that won’t start, and they should be facing each other. Make sure to turn both ignitions off. Engage both parking breaks.
  • 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 on the good car.
  • 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 dead 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.
  • Important! Make sure to keep the engine running on the restarted vehicle for at least 10 minutes. This will hopefully ensure that the weak battery doesn’t die again right away. And as always, consult your owner’s manual for any other battery-related specifics.
Attaching Jumper Cables to a Battery

At this point, hopefully we—with the help of a friend of yours—have helped you avoid a jump start car service!

More Battery Tips and Tricks

What if the car won’t jump start? Sorry, you may need a battery replacement. It may also be a sign of a more serious problem. Take 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 Nyle Maxwell Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram near Cedar Park 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. From the ignition switch to the battery, starter, or a fuse, the possibilities are nearly endless. At this point, it’s worth bringing your vehicle in to our certified technicians.
  • Again, make 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 Nyle Maxwell Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram for Service

Need more advice or assistance? Is your car overheating? Do you need to know how to remove a car battery? Do you need to know how to change your oil? From resetting your check engine light to learning how to rotate your tires, reach out and we’ll answer your questions as best we can. If it’s time for a new vehicle, peek at our vehicle specials—a new Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram is more affordable than you realize!


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