About Jump Starting

How do I jump start my battery?

Note: We recomend charging a battery instead of jump starting. Jump starting is is not recommended and will in fact void some warranties. Please be sur to check the owners manual prior to jump starting any vehicle.

First, be sure to follow these important safety tips:

  • Read your auto manual on jump starting.
  • Put on protective eye wear and clothing and remove all jewelry.
  • Don’t allow smoking, open flames or sparks near the battery.
  • Don’t attempt to jump start a car if gasoline fumes are present around either the source vehicle   (good battery) or the dead vehicle.
  • Inspect the water level in the dead vehicle’s battery and fill if needed.
  • Use extreme caution with jumper cables!
  • Avoid connecting cables in reverse polarity.
  • Place the source vehicle close enough to the dead vehicle so that the jumper cables reach between the batteries without stretching.
  • Do not let the vehicle bumpers touch.
  • Turn the source vehicle off before making any jumper cable connections between the two batteries.
  • Clean the battery terminal surfaces of corrosion to ensure clean and quick connections.

To jump start your vehicle, follow these 6 steps:

1) Connect one end of the positive (+) cable to the positive (+) post of the dead battery.
2) Connect the other end of the positive (+) cable to the positive (+) post of the source vehicle battery.
3) Connect one end of the negative (-) cable to the negative (-) post of the source vehicle battery.
4) Connect the other end of the negative (-) cable to the engine block of the dead vehicle, while following the safety tips above.
5) Start the source vehicle, increase rpm to about 2,000 and allow two to five minutes for the dead battery to charge a little.
6) Start the dead vehicle and remove the cables in reverse order.