Things to Know About Safely Jump Starting a Vehicle - Service Questions serving Sacramento, CA

A dead battery can make for a bad start to your day. It can happen to anyone, so it's a good idea to know what you should do if you need a jump start. This article will walk you through the steps to jump start a vehicle. Be sure to read each section carefully, since mishandling car batteries can be dangerous.


5. Inspect the Battery

Before you call a friend to come jump start your car, it's a good idea to look at the battery first. If the battery terminal posts are corroded, they may need to be cleaned before a jump will work. Also look for any cracks or leaks in the battery. If you see any, don't attempt a jump start. Instead, have your car towed to an authorized Subaru service center.

4. Get Ready (and Check the Manual)

Before you start, make sure you have jumper cables in good condition, as well as eye protection and rubber gloves. Have the person whose car will be jump starting yours park close enough for the cables to reach both engines, and make sure to unplug any accessories in either vehicle.

It's also a good idea to read the owner's manuals for both vehicles. While the steps below provide good general information, the manual may tell you to do something slightly different (for example, some vehicles may have jump start lugs that should be used instead of the battery terminals). You should also check to make sure that the batteries on both vehicles have the same voltage.

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3. Attach the Positive Jumper Cables

The positive cable is generally red. Start off by clamping one end of the positive jumper cable to the positive terminal on the dead battery. After you've done this, clamp the other end of the positive jumper cable lead to the positive terminal on the charged battery.


2. Attach the Negative Jumper Cables

For this set, you'll work in reverse order. Begin by clamping the negative jumper cable to the negative terminal on the charged battery. Then, attach the other negative jumper cable to a bare metal ground on the car with the dead battery. This is important: don't clamp the negative cable to the negative terminal on the car with the dead battery. Doing so could be dangerous.

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1. Start the Cars, Then Remove the Cables

First, have the other driver start their car. Wait a minute or two, then try starting your Subaru. If it doesn't start, wait a few more minutes and try again. Remove the cables in reverse order from how you put them on. Then, head to an authorized Subaru service center to have your battery and alternator inspected.

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