Winter Car Care Essentials: How to Jump-Start Your Car

There are a few basics that you need to know as a driver, and how to properly jump-start your vehicle is one. Nobody ever expects their battery to die, but extremely cold temperatures can do a real number on your battery, and we certainly see those here in Atlantic City. If you should discover that your battery has conked out, stay calm and follow these simple steps:

  • Park the car that's assisting yours nose-to-nose with your vehicle, about 18 inches away. Make sure that both vehicles are set in park, that their emergency brakes are on and the "good" car's engine is turned off.
  • Start connecting the jumper cables with the red cable. Connect one end to the dead battery's positive terminal and the other to the helping car's positive terminal. Attach one end of the black cable to the negative terminal on the working battery, then ground the other end by clamping it to a metal section – such as a bracket -- in your car.
  • Turn the ignition on the working car, let it run for a one or two minutes and slightly rev the engine. When you attempt to start your vehicle, don't attempt it more than three or four consecutive times – any more and you might damage the electrical system.
  • Once your vehicle is running again, remove the cables. Be sure to disconnect them in the reverse order of how you put them on, and don't allow the clamps to touch.

Finally, take a short drive and let the battery recharge to full capacity. To truly ensure that the battery is in proper working order, bring it to the expert technicians at our Service Center and let them test it.

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