Battery problems are one of the most common causes of car breakdowns, so there’s a good chance that at some point you’ll be stranded with a car that won’t start. Knowing how to jump start your car and put some charge back into your battery is very handy – especially if you want to avoid a long wait for a breakdown callout.
Important steps to follow
- Do not jumpstart a damaged battery. If you can spot physical damage, get a rotten egg smell, or if the vehicle fails to restart after only a very short rest period, the battery is potentially damaged.
- If you are sure the battery is not damaged, closely follow the specific instructions in the owner’s handbook as different cars have different procedures.
- Only use high quality jumper leads that have spike protection (SUNRISE OUTDOORS Jumper Cables have an Inline Surge Protector). Ensure the jumper leads are oriented the right way and connected in the correct sequence as described by the manufacturer. Failure to follow these critical first steps can lead to expensive repairs or a write-off.