jumping a car

jumping a car

Jumping A Car

Search Add New Question Can one person alone jump start a car? wikiHow Contributor Sure, as long as you have two cars and a jumper cable. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 11 Helpful 40 Should you turn the key as you let the clutch out in the last step? wikiHow Contributor You don’t need to turn the key even further because in the last step you are basically doing what the car would do normally after turning the key. Instead of the starter getting your engine moving, you are getting the engine to move by letting go of the clutch while it is moving. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 8 Helpful 20 Do I need to run the car for 15 minutes after a jump start? wikiHow Contributor You should run your vehicle for 15 to 30 minutes after a jump start to allow your alternator to charge the battery. If you don’t, you risk the battery not having enough power to start the vehicle on its own. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 11 Helpful 21 How do I jump start when one of the cars battery negative terminal is inaccessible? wikiHow Contributor If battery terminals of both cars are inaccessible, then you can do this: 1 turn on the engine of the car with good battery, 2. remove both batteries from both cars, 3 then connect the good battery to the car with bad battery and try to turn on the engine. Bear in mind to keep the engine of the car with the good battery turned on until the next car is turned on, the reason is that you can decrease the level of the good battery if your car can’t jump start. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 3 Helpful 5 What happens if you put the cables on the wrong terminals when jump-starting a car? wikiHow Contributor You risk not only damaging both batteries, but you could also try other essential electrical components. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 6 Helpful 7 Can I use a 12 volt battery to jump a 6 volt battery? wikiHow Contributor No, you cannot. The voltages of both batteries must match, or you risk doing serious damage to both batteries. The amperage does not have to match, however; in fact, it’s preferable to have the “good” battery be of higher amperage than the “bad” battery. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 12 Helpful 10 The post on the positive is sheared off and the clamp won’t stay on. What can I do? wikiHow Contributor You can try to connect your jumper cable to the positive cable running from the battery to the starter. If this is not possible, try smaller clamps, or just simply hold the clamp in contact with the positive terminal. This last solution requires the help of a second person, and is only advisable as a last resort. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 2 Helpful 3 What do I do if my car won’t respond to a jump start? wikiHow Contributor If your radio and windows work but your car won’t start, then it’s probably the starter. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 8 Helpful 4 Does it actually matter which gear I put the MT car in? wikiHow Contributor Yes. Ideally you should try in 2nd Gear and press clutch as soon as the car starts and revvs up. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 3 Helpful 2
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Jumping A Car

Park the working car near, but not touching, the disabled car. Park the car in such a way that the distance between both car batteries is as small as possible. Turn off the engine, radio, lights, A/C, fans and all other electrical components. Make sure that all of these things are off in the disabled car, too. Don’t let the cars touch at all. If the cars are touching, jumping the battery can cause a dangerous electrical arc between the vehicles.
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Jumping A Car

Tips Do not connect the black leads first and the red leads after. If you do that and accidentally drop the red cable onto the car’s frame, a massive short-circuit will form, possibly welding the clamp to the chassis. Don’t let the working vehicle leave for at least ten minutes. The dead battery must charge for a while, and sometimes will go dead again (especially if you do not keep the engine above idle). Remember that batteries are not always in the same place. Some vehicles have the battery under the hood, some behind the cab, and some are even in the trunk. Many jumper cables have instructions with pictures explaining the order to attach the clamps. Buy only high-quality, heavy-duty jumper cables. This is determined by the wire thickness gauge. The lower the gauge number, the heavier the conductor (a #10 conductor or wire is a smaller or thinner than a #8 wire). Do not judge the cable by the overall thickness of the cables alone, as many manufacturers disguise cheap cables simply by encasing a thin conductor with a generous layer of inexpensive plastic insulation. Also remember that the longer the cable, the thicker the wire needs to be. There is no electrocution hazard performing a jump on most cars and light trucks. The voltage in the case of jumping is about 12. 12 volts hasn’t fatally electrocuted anyone, however just a small spark near a battery has caused explosions that have caused serious injury or burns. A spark caused by an accidental short circuit is large due to the amount of current or amps, not the voltage. The push/hill start method also works with the car in reverse. Reverse can be easier and requires lower speeds due to the gearing. This also provides an alternative if your car is parked on a hill facing up and you cannot push the car up. You cannot push-start an automatic transmission equipped car, unless you are capable of getting to speeds above 40 mph (64 km/h), which isn’t recommended since you will not have power brakes or power steering. Extinguish open flames and smoking materials when near batteries. Batteries emit hydrogen gas as a normal by-product of the chemical process to generate electricity. Hydrogen gas is highly explosive.
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Jumping A Car

Do not connect the black leads first and the red leads after. If you do that and accidentally drop the red cable onto the car’s frame, a massive short-circuit will form, possibly welding the clamp to the chassis. Don’t let the working vehicle leave for at least ten minutes. The dead battery must charge for a while, and sometimes will go dead again (especially if you do not keep the engine above idle). Remember that batteries are not always in the same place. Some vehicles have the battery under the hood, some behind the cab, and some are even in the trunk. Many jumper cables have instructions with pictures explaining the order to attach the clamps. Buy only high-quality, heavy-duty jumper cables. This is determined by the wire thickness gauge. The lower the gauge number, the heavier the conductor (a #10 conductor or wire is a smaller or thinner than a #8 wire). Do not judge the cable by the overall thickness of the cables alone, as many manufacturers disguise cheap cables simply by encasing a thin conductor with a generous layer of inexpensive plastic insulation. Also remember that the longer the cable, the thicker the wire needs to be. There is no electrocution hazard performing a jump on most cars and light trucks. The voltage in the case of jumping is about 12. 12 volts hasn’t fatally electrocuted anyone, however just a small spark near a battery has caused explosions that have caused serious injury or burns. A spark caused by an accidental short circuit is large due to the amount of current or amps, not the voltage. The push/hill start method also works with the car in reverse. Reverse can be easier and requires lower speeds due to the gearing. This also provides an alternative if your car is parked on a hill facing up and you cannot push the car up. You cannot push-start an automatic transmission equipped car, unless you are capable of getting to speeds above 40 mph (64 km/h), which isn’t recommended since you will not have power brakes or power steering. Extinguish open flames and smoking materials when near batteries. Batteries emit hydrogen gas as a normal by-product of the chemical process to generate electricity. Hydrogen gas is highly explosive.
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Jumping A Car

How to Jump Start a Car One temporary way around a dead battery is by using jump leads or a power pack. However, follow the instructions very carefully and check your vehicle handbook before going ahead. Items you’ll need: Jump leads or powerpack, a working car (with the a similar engine size as your own), and safety goggles. (You can also use a portable power pack instead of jump leads. These are very handy and save you having to borrow a car for the same purpose.) Before Jump Starting If your battery is damaged, leaking or corroded, call in a pro do NOT attempt to jump start. We can also check your battery for you! Keep metal objects away from the battery. If they cause a spark it could be dangerous. Remove loose clothing in case they get caught in moving parts. Avoid naked flames and never smoke. Make sure headlights and other electronics are off – remove the key from the ignition. How to jump-start a car using jump leads Park both cars in neutral next to each other so that they’re close but not touching. Open the bonnet; the jump lead should be able to reach both vehicles. Connect the first end of the RED positive lead to the positive terminal on the working battery. Do the same for the other end of the lead for the flat battery. Connect the BLACK negative lead to the negative terminal on the working battery. Attach the other end to a metal (earthing) point, such as a bolt or bracket, away from the dead battery. Some cars have negative jump-starting poles – check your handbook to see if yours does. Check the leads are away from moving parts then start the engine of the working car. After about a minute, try starting the car with the dead battery. If it doesn’t work, leave it a little longer, but switch off the engine if the leads get hot. Once you have your car running, leave the engine on for a couple of minutes to charge the battery. Remove the jump leads in reverse to the way you attached them. Make sure they don’t touch together or any metal surfaces. You should then drive for at least 30 minutes or leave the engine running. If you can’t get the engine to start, unfortunately you have a bigger problem! At Halfords we offer a free check-up, cheap fitting service and a massive range of affordable batteries! View Jump Leads View All Power Packs

Jumping A Car

Jumping A Car
Jumping A Car

Published on May 14, 2017 | Under Car | By michael ellis
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