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Check out Bas Rutten's Liver Shot on MMA Surge: Mahalo automotive expert Desmond Bryant shows you how to safely and properly jump-start a car. The following are signals that your battery is dead: * Your headlights and internal car lights are dim or won't turn on. * When you turn the key in the ignition, you get a slow growl, and the radio won't turn on. * When you turn the key in the ignition,? nothing happens. If your engine will not start but you get a clicking sound or an endless turning over, you may have a problem with your starter.c? Jump-Starting Tips --------------------------------------------------------------------- * Keep jumper cables in your vehicle at all times. * Don't touch the two cars together when jumping.? * Don't try starting the dead car multiple times if it doesn't start. * Disconnect cables in the opposite order you connected them. * BE CAREFUL! Carelessness could lead to electrocution. * It's always a good idea to have a membership with? AAA?and to have a friend or neighbor's phone number handy for these situations. Things You Will Need --------------------------------------------------------------------- * The owner's manual for your car * Jumper cables, preferably long ones * Flashlight? * Wire brush * Gloves? * Another vehicle with a fully-charged battery of the same size or larger Step 1: Getting Started --------------------------------------------------------------------- 1. Have the driver of the other car pull up close to yours, preferably with the engines facing one another. 2. Place both cars in park and turn off the engine. To minimize the risk of battery explosion, make sure the cars do not touch. 3. Turn off all accessories, including lights and the radio, and unplug any devices in power ports. 4. Open the hoods of both cars. Locate the batteries with red and black terminals on top. 5. Get your cables and examine them so you are familiar with them; the cables have two ends, each with a red clamp and a black clamp.? 6. Make sure that once you start the process, the clamps do not touch each other—otherwise, you can be electrocuted. Step 2: Making the Connection --------------------------------------------------------------------- 1. If the terminals on the batteries have any corrosion, you will need to use a wire brush to clean them off. 2. Start by clamping the positive jumper cable with the red clamp to the positive red terminal on the dead battery. 3. Connect the other positive red clamp?to the positive red terminal on the charged car battery.? 4. Clamp the negative black clamp to the negative black terminal on the charged car battery. 5. Attach the other negative black clamp to an unpainted metal surface on the dead car's frame or to the engine block. This will provide grounding to the circuit and reduce the risk of explosion. Step 3: Starting the Cars --------------------------------------------------------------------- 1. Start the engine of the car with the charged battery. Let it idle for four or five minutes, longer if the dead battery is old, if it is cold out or if the car has not been started for a couple of weeks or more. 2. Get into the car with the dead battery. Have the other person stand well away from the engine area. 3. Start the car. If it starts successfully, let both cars idle for three to four minutes while connected.?If it doesn't start, don't keep trying or you may end up doing more harm than good. It's time to call for professional help. 4. Once you have the car running smoothly, you can disconnect the cables in reverse order: 1. 5. Remove the negative black clamp from the car frame or engine block. 2. 6. Remove the negative black clamp from the charged battery. 3. 7. Remove the positive red clamp from the charged battery. 4. 8. Remove the positive red clamp from the previously dead car battery. 9. Make sure that the disconnected clamps don't touch one another until everything is disconnected. Step 4: Cleanup and Battery Recharge --------------------------------------------------------------------- 1. Stow your cables. 2. To make sure the battery recharges, you should either drive the car for an extended period of time or take it to a mechanic for proper charging; you could also attach it to your own battery charger when you get home.?If your battery does not seem to hold a charge, it may be time to get a new one. 3. Drive the car to a safe place before shutting off the engine again. Depending on the condition of the battery, you may need a jump the next time you try... Read more by visiting our page at:
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