How to Jump Start a Car

Jump Start a Car

Life doesn’t always go how you want it to, so when your day starts off with your vehicle not starting, we know it can be a bit frustrating. That’s why our service center team at Kempthorn Motors is here to tell you what you need to know so you can handle this issue with ease.



It’s always good to be prepared and know what to do in case your car won’t start in . The process of how to properly jump-start a car is pretty simple, so take a look below and follow our step-by-step guide for more information as we cover topics like:

  • What to do if your car won’t jump-start
  • How to jump-start a car battery if you have two vehicles
  • Our battery services
  • How to properly jump-start a car

How to Jump-Start a Car With Cables

We know there can be a lot of questions like “When jumping a car which cable goes on first?” or simply the whole process of how to jump-start a car. While calling for a jump-start car service in is always an option, if you’re prepared and you have another working car available to jump-start your vehicle, you have everything you need to do it yourself! So we’re here to tell you everything you need to know. Here’s how:

  1. Face the two vehicles with the batteries facing each other. Most vehicles have batteries in the engines, meaning they’ll usually face hood-hood. Some foreign cars, though, have the battery in the trunk. After you’ve parked the vehicles, turn them off and set the parking brakes.
  2. Gain access to the batteries. Keep in mind that you may need to remove a plastic hood to expose the battery terminals. It depends on your vehicle and its model year.
  3. Find the positive and negative battery terminals. Make sure they are clean and free of any corrosion or dirt as that can impair your vehicle’s performance.
  4. Take stock of your cables and separate the red ends from the black ends. You don’t want them to touch, ever, as they could spark.
  5. Next, connect the red clamp to the positive post on the dead battery.
  6. Uncoiling the battery cable, hook the other red clamp to the positive terminal of the battery with the charge.
  7. Connect the black clamp to the negative post on the good battery. 
  8. Connect the last black clamp to a grounded, unpainted metal surface on your car’s frame.
  9. Once everything is hooked up securely, start the engine of the vehicle with the good battery. Keep in mind that letting the vehicle run for a little while before starting up the other vehicle would be your best bet. It needs time to charge the dead battery. 
  10. Once the dead vehicle has been successfully jump-started, carefully remove the jumper cables in the reverse order that they were placed on, and keep the other vehicle running.
  11. Be sure to keep the engine running on the restarted vehicle for at least ten minutes to ensure that the weak battery doesn’t die again right away.

Additional Car Battery Tips & Tricks

There are plenty of reasons aside from a dead car battery why your vehicle may not be starting causing you to look for a jump-start car service. Here are just a few worth noting:

  1. If you try to start the car but only hear a clicking sound, the starter might not be functioning. 
  2. If the electrical systems of the car turn on, but the engine does not, then the issue could be a number of things including the ignition switch, starter, or even something as simple as a fuse. Whatever part is causing the issue, it’s always good practice to take your vehicle to a service center so the problem can be properly diagnosed and repaired.
  3. Don’t forget to keep your vehicle running for a while after it’s received a jump. That allows the battery to recharge some after it’s been completely drained.

Learn the the Proper Way to Jump-Start a Car at Kempthorn Motors

Our team of expert technicians at our Canton service center is ready to help you get to the bottom of your car battery issues so contact us to schedule an appointment that way we can get you back out on the road and back to living life to the fullest. In the meantime, be sure to browse through our parts center and take advantage of our accessory specials to enhance and save on your ride.

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