How to jumpstart a car with cables?

Let’s talk about how to properly use cables to start a car quickly. Car jumper cables are a common emergency measure when the car battery is dead. However, if you don’t use jumper cables correctly, it may lead to dangerous situations such as short circuits and battery explosions. Therefore, it is very important to use cables correctly to start the car quickly.

Starting a car quickly with a cable
Starting a car quickly with a cable

Prepare the tools before starting the car

We need to prepare the jumper tool. The hitch tool consists of two cables, each with one end connected to the positive battery terminal and the other to the negative battery terminal. The length of the cables should be long enough to keep a distance between the two cars. In addition, we need a car that has been started to get power from its battery.

A minimum length of 20 ft (6 m) of No. 4 to No. 6 jumper cable is recommended.

Jumper cable
Jumper cable

Checking the Car Before Starting

We need to park both cars on a flat surface and turn off their engines. Then, we need to open the hoods of both cars and find the batteries. Before hitching up the wires, we need to check that the positive and negative terminals of the batteries are correct. The positive terminal of a battery is usually labelled with a “+” symbol and the negative terminal is usually labelled with a “-” symbol. After making sure that the positive and negative terminals of the battery are correct, we can start to connect the wires.

Starting the correct wiring

We need to connect one end of a cable to the positive terminal of the battery of the car that has been started and then, connect the other end of this cable to the positive terminal of the battery of the car that needs to be started. Next, we need to connect one end of another cable to the negative battery terminal of the car that has been started. Finally, connect the other end of this cable to a metal part of the car that needs to be started, such as an engine mount or a body metal part.

Follow these tips when jumper starting:

1, Before hitching the cable, we need to make sure that there are no metal parts between the two cars touching each other to avoid a short circuit.

2, Start the engine of the working car and let it run for a few minutes to allow the battery to charge. Then, start the car that needs to be started.

3, After starting, let the dead car run for 1-2 minutes to recharge.

4, We need to remove the cables attached to the car that needs to be started, then remove the cables attached to the car that has been started.

4, Before removing the cables, we need to make sure that no metal parts are touching each other between the two cars.

Summarize

It is very important to use the car jumper correctly. Before attaching the cables, we need to prepare the jumper tool and check whether the positive and negative terminals of the battery are in the correct positions. During the jump, we need to ensure that no metal parts are touching each other between the two cars to avoid shortening the circuit. Once we’ve successfully started the car that needs the jump, we must remove the cables that are connected to the car that received the jump first, then remove the jump cables from the car that did the jump starting. Proper use of the car jumpers will ensure a safe and quick start of the car.

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