COLD WEATHER ESSENTIALS: JUMP-STARTING YOUR CAR
Living in Annapolis, we’re all too aware of the joys that come with cold weather: frozen pipes, sore throats, dead car batteries. When it comes to resolving the first two issues, you’re on your own; we can, however, offer some advice for how to handle the third:
- Be sure to park the car helping you 18 inches away from your vehicle, pointed nose-to-nose. Make sure that both vehicles are in park, set both emergency brakes and turn off the engine on the “good” car.
- Start connecting with the red cable. Clamp one end to the dead battery’s positive terminal, then attach the other to the assisting car’s positive terminal. Connect one end of the black cable to the negative terminal on the working car’s battery and ground the other end by clamping it to a metal section in the car with the dead battery.
- Start the helping car, and rev the engine slightly as you let it run for a couple of minutes. When trying to start the car with the dead battery, limit your attempts to just three or four tries in a row – any more and you could possibly damage the electrical system.
- Once the dead vehicle is running, disconnect the cables. Make sure to remove them in reverse order of the way you connected them, and take care not to let the clamps touch.
Finally, take a short drive and let the battery recharge to full capacity. If you’d like to make sure that the battery is in full working order, schedule an appointment to let the expert technicians at our Service Center take a look.