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Video:How to Jump Start a Car

with Matt Ediger

Being able to jump start a car is a must for all car owners. Here's a quick and easy guide on how to jump start a car.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Jump Start a Car

Hi, I'm Matt Ediger from DownForce Motoring for About.com, and this is how to jump start your car.

Instructions to Jump Start a Car

It's happened to all of us at one point or another: you get into your car, turn the key and nothing happens. The good news is that if you happen to have a set of jumper cables and a friendly person willing to help you out, this potential disaster can be averted. We'll be demonstrating the proper procedure in real time to show you just how easy this is. With both cars off, connect one end of the red jumper cable to the positive battery terminal on the good car, and the other red jumper cable to the positive battery terminal on the dead car. Now, attach the black jumper cable to the negative battery terminal on the good car, and the other black jumper cable to an unpainted metal surface on the dead car, such as the shock tower. Before you attempt to start your car, have the Good Samaritan start up his and wait a few moments for the battery to gain a little bit of a charge. After a few seconds, get into your car and it should fire right up.

Other Tips When Jump Starting a Car

After the dead car has started, remember to remove the cables. Do the negative side first. Here are some common mistakes to avoid when jump starting your car: you should always keep the cable ends from touching, especially when connected to the good car. Also, don't mix up the cables, as in don't connect the positive to the negative. Otherwise, you could cause serious damage to your car’s electrical components. Do not clamp the negative cable onto the positive cable. If the teeth were to puncture the rubber, you could do serious damage to one or both cars.

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