Auto Emergencies: How to Jumpstart a Car

So you think you might have a dead battery? If so, a jumpstart should do the trick. To find out if your problem is actually a dead battery, just turn the ignition. If your carJumper Cables makes no noise, you’ve probably got a battery problem. If you can hear the engine trying to start, you’ll want to try a different diagnosis.

Jumpstarting Your Car in a Few Easy Steps

As long as you have jumper cables, getting a dead battery to start shouldn’t be too difficult. If you don’t have a set of cables in your trunk, don’t delay – as soon as you find a kind person willing to jump your car for you, drive to your nearest auto parts store and pick up your own jumper cables. The order in which you undertake these steps is important, so follow the instructions closely.

To start, get the front ends of the car as close to each other as possible while still leaving room to work. Turn the cars off.

Find the positive terminal on the dead battery, and attach the positive (red) end of one jumper cable. Take the other positive clamp and attach it to the positive terminal of the good battery.

Now take one end of the negative jumper cable (black clamps) and attach one end to the good battery’s negative terminal. Finally, take the other black clamp and attach it to a piece of exposed metal somewhere under the hood of the non-functioning car. (Connecting it to the negative terminal of the dead battery will likely cause sparks to fly.)

Now, just start the functional car and let it run for a few minutes, then start the car with the depleted battery. Detach the cables in the opposite order of how you put them on. Make sure you let the car run for a good half hour or so in order to completely recharge the battery.

If the car still doesn’t do anything, you’ll want to get it towed to the Community Honda service center, where our highly-trained technicians will get you back on the road in no time at all.