How to Jump Start a Car

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How to Jump Start a Car
How to Jump Start a Car
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Everyone has had to jump start their car at some point, but it can be easy to forget the exact steps. That's why we found this step-by-step tutorial for How to Jump Start a Car so we can remember how to do it. It's not a difficult process, but many people are intimidated by the prospect of fiddling around with their cars, just in case something goes wrong. There's no need to worry with this tutorial. With this how-to, you can learn how to properly jump start a car, so next time you have a dead car battery, you'll be ready.

Time to CompleteUnder an hour

Primary TechniqueAuto


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This is pretty straightforward and solid. The only thing I'd say is that with the negative cable, sometimes you might need to hook it up to the live battery. It all depends on how much juice you need and the type of car you have. I've done it both ways, and I often do a quick Google search for car forums (I search for the model) to see if there are any Do's or don'ts I should be aware of. Overall, it's really simple and easy to do, but it never helps to see what the community says. )

I'm definitely saving this for later. Just in case I ever decide that calling AAA isn't my cup of tea. This also reminded me that I don't actually have a pair of jumper cables in my new car. Whoops!

This is a solid lesson that anybody who owns a car should know. I had an old car that used to die all the time (so frustrating!) and I was always bugging my Dad or my boyfriend to boost it for me. Once I realized that boosting your battery is really very simple to do, I became a lot more confident about caring for my car. I think that this would be a really good lesson to teach your young teen who is just starting out driving. Booster cables and an overall roadside safety kit are also great gifts to keep in mind for new drivers!

So handy. I'm always calling my dad and asking "is it black to black and then red to red or is it the other way around?" (It's the other way around)


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