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Steps to jump starting a car

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Maybe it’s your car, maybe you’re a friendly neighbourhood hero. Either way, it’s a good skill to have in the back pocket.

 

Pack it up, pack it in, let me begin

I came to win, battle me that's a sin

I came to get down, I came to get down

So get out your seat and jumpstart your car!

 

How do I jump start my car?

Step 1

Make sure all electrical systems connected to the car are switched off.

Step 2

Park the ‘rescue’ car so that the bonnet is very close to the ‘casualty’ car’s bonnet. Make sure the cars aren’t touching though (because the car will vibrate when the engine turns on).

Step 3

Turn off the engines of both vehicles.

Step 4

Connect one end of the red jump leads to the positive (+) terminal of the ‘casualty’ car’s battery.

Step 5

Connect the one end of the red jump lead to the positive (+) terminal of the ‘rescue’ car’s battery.

Step 6

Connect the one end of the black jump lead to the negative (-) terminal of the ‘rescue’ car’s battery.

Step 7

Connect the other end of the black jump lead to an unpainted metal surface on the engine of the dead car.

Step 8

Turn on the engine of the ‘casualty’ car in the normal way.

Step 9

Try this a few times if it doesn’t work straight away. You might also want to try connecting the other end of the jump lead (from Step 7) to a different unpainted metal surface on the engine of the dead car.

Step 10

If this still doesn’t work, switch off the engines of both cars and disconnect the jump leads, then call your breakdown provider.

 

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