Discover the Right Way to Jump Start Another Car

In order to jump-start another vehicle, it is important you understand the correct procedure, so you don't get hurt or damage either vehicle. To be safe, you should be wearing safety glasses and work gloves. Bring the running car as close to the front of the car needing to be jumped. Turn the engine off, make sure the car lights are off, then open the hood on both cars.

Here is the correct way to use the jumper cables; red to positive on the good battery, red to positive on the bad battery, black to negative on the good battery, black to the metal frame the car getting the jump-start. It is now safe to start your car, waiting a few minutes as you rev the engine. Try starting the other car; it may take a couple attempts before it starts.

Bring the vehicle to Union Park BMW, and we'll do a full charging system diagnostic check of the car.



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