Car Battery with Jumper Cables 

When your vehicle won't start, your first thought might be a jump-start. As long as you notice none of your electronics turning on when you turn your key over, that's probably the right idea. Follow this guide on how to properly jump-start a car from Auffenberg Ford Belleville so you don't need to call a jump-start car service. If your battery is nearing the end of its life, visit our parts center near Waterloo for a replacement.

The Right Way to Jump-Start a Car

Jump starting a car doesn't require much: just a set of jumper cables and another vehicle with a good battery. If you have only one or neither of these, you can call a service like AAA or a special jump start / roadside assistance service.

Here's what you need to do to jump start your car the right way:

  1. Make sure the car with the good battery is parked facing your vehicle -- many jumper cables will be a tight fit if you park side-by-side.
  2. Ensure both vehicles are turned off and have their parking brakes engaged.
  3. Open both cars' hoods and locate the batteries; you might need to remove plastic hoods to expose battery terminals.
  4. Identify the positive and negative terminals (positive are often red, with a plus, while negative are often black, with a minus)
  5. Connect the red clamp to the positive post on your dead battery.
  6. Uncoil the battery cable and connect the other end of the red cable to the positive terminal on the other vehicle
  7. Connect the black clamp to the negative post on the other vehicle
  8. Clip the final black clamp to an unpainted metal surface on your car's frame to ground it
  9. Once everything is secure, start the vehicle with the good battery and let it run for a little bit, then turn the key over and try to start the car with the dead battery.
  10. Once the dead vehicle has been jump-started, it's good to keep them connected for a little bit to ensure the battery is getting charged.
  11. Then carefully remove the jumper cables in the opposite order.
  12. Be sure to keep your vehicle's engine running for at least 10 minutes to minimize the risk of your battery dying again.

While your car is up and running, dying once risks damage to your battery, and you should prioritize a new battery sooner rather than later.

Turn to Auffenberg Ford Belleville 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 Mascoutah, so stop by today or contact us with any questions.