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Even if you have the most meticulously maintained vehicle on the road, without a well maintained battery, your vehicle may not start or even allow you access to the vehicle. From power door locks to auto start systems, today’s vehicles rely on correct voltage and clean connections to allow today’s technology dependent vehicles to perform and take you to your destination.
Your car’s electrical system powers everything from the ignition and fuel systems to accessories such as your radio, headlights and wipers. The electrical system is, in turn, powered by the engine. The following is a brief overview of the electrical system that makes transportation possible:
Here’s how it works:
Turning the ignition causes a small amount of current to pass through the starter relay, causing a stronger current to flow through the battery cables and into the starter motor. The starter motor cranks the engine, forcing the piston to create enough suction that draws a fuel and air mixture into the cylinder. The ignition system creates a spark that ignites the mixture and your engine starts.
To safely jump start, follow these steps:
1. Take out your jumper cables. It’s a good idea to buy a set of jumper cables and keep them in the trunk compartment. If you don’t have jumper cables, you’ll have to find a Good Samaritan who not only is willing to assist you but has jumper cables as well.
2. Place both cars in Park or Neutral, with their ignitions shut off and their emergency brakes on.
3. Connect the cables. The positive cable has red clips (+) at either end, and the negative cable has black clips (-). It’s important to attach them in the following proper order:
1. First, attach one of the red clips to the positive terminal of your battery (it has “POS” or “+” on it.
2. Attach the other red clip to the positive terminal of the Good Samaritan’s car.
3. Attach one of the black clips to the negative terminal on the Good Samaritan’s battery.
4. Attach the last black clip to an unpainted metal surface on your car that isn’t near the carburetor (if your car has one) or battery.
Figure 1 shows how both the positive and negative cables should be connected.
Figure 1: Make sure to connect jumper cables in the proper order.
5. Try to start your vehicle (Do not have the Good Samaritan’s car running. If your car has electrical issues it could damage their car as well). If it won’t start, make sure that the cables are properly connected. Then try to start your car again. If it still won’t start, your battery may be beyond help.
6. Disconnect the cables, thank the Good Samaritan, and resume your life.
Don’t shut off your engine; drive around for a while to recharge your battery.