We’ve all, if not most of us have had the unfortunate experience of needing to jump a car battery. A battery loses its charge for a number of reasons. From leaving the lights on too long all the way from the weather being too cold outside, and an older battery just doesn’t have enough juice to crank the engine up and get you back on the road. Before you do a search for the “nearest cheap car towing service near me”, give us a call at 502-205-2926 for help today!
Before You Start a Car Battery
Now before you go to jump your car, be sure that all the accessories are off, the headlights, and the interior light, are all turned off. If you’ve left anything from your car or truck turned on, it could cause your car or truck battery to arc while you are working with it, and could potentially cause a fire, explosion or possibly even an acid burn.
How Long Does it Take to Jump a Car Battery
If you can get your car to start, let the car run for a few minutes to help charge the battery further. Make certain to unhook the jumper cable clamps in the reverse order of how you put the jumper cables on the battery posts. Make it a point to be sure to drive your vehicle for about 45 minutes before taking the time to turn off the car again so the battery can continue to charge. Otherwise, there’s a good chance that you might need another jump start for your vehicle.
How Long Should a Car Battery Last?
Unfortunately, a new battery doesn’t last forever. As a matter of fact, depending on where you live and how much you drive your car, the condition of your charging system a car battery lasts about an average of four years.
Process to Jump Start a Car
- Take out your jumper cables
- Put both vehicles in Park or Neutral and turn your keys in the off position in both cars.
- Attach one of the red clips to the positive terminal of the car battery that is fully functioning
- Attach the other red clip to the positive terminal of the car that needs to receive the jump
- Attach one of the black clips to the negative terminal on the car battery of the car that is providing the jump
- Attach the last black clip to an unpainted metal surface on the car that is receiving a jump. Make sure to attach the clip as close top the battery as possible
- Start the car that will be giving the power boost.
- Start the car that needs the jump
If the car jump works, don’t immediately turn off the car that received the jump start. Make sure to drive around for the next 30-45 minutes to give the battery that received the jump time to let the alternator of the car that received the jump top charge the battery.
If Your Attempt to Jump Start a Battery Doesn’t Work
If your attempts to jump starting your car battery don’t work, you may have another issue that is wrong with your vehicle. If that’s the case, you’re going to need to get your car towed by Louisville Towing & Emergency Roadside Assistance Service at 502-205-2926 today!