How to Jump Start a Dead Car Battery

How to properly jump start your car

Nothing can be more frustrating than getting into your car and having it not start. If the battery has died, there are steps you can take to jump-start it. While this process can seem intimidating at first, with the right tools and knowledge, it’s quite simple. Let’s look at how to safely jump-start a dead car battery in five easy steps.

Gather Your Materials

The first step is to make sure that you have all of the necessary materials. You will need jumper cables, a working vehicle with a good battery, and something like a screwdriver or wrench for loosening the clamps on the battery terminals.

It’s also important to note that if you have an alarm system in your car, you may need to disable it before beginning.

Connect The Cables

Next, open both hoods of each vehicle and locate their batteries. Connect one red clamp from the jumper cables to the positive terminal of the dead battery. Then connect one black clamp from the other end to the negative terminal of the other (working) battery.

Finally, attach one red clamp from that end onto the positive terminal on that second battery and attach one black clamp from that same end onto any unpainted metal surface near (but not touching!) either of these batteries. Make sure no clamps touch each other!

Start The Car With The Working Battery

Now is when you will want to start up the vehicle with a good battery first and let it run for a few minutes as its engine charges up your dead car’s battery. After several minutes have passed, try turning on your car once again.

If it starts up successfully then give it some time while running so that its alternator can charge up its engine further—this could take up to half an hour or so before proceeding on with your day as normal!

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Disconnect The Cables In Reverse Order

After your car has been running long enough for its engine to charge up sufficiently, turn off both cars and disconnect everything in reverse order: first remove both black clamps followed by both red clamps lastly in order–and make sure not to let them touch each other! Take some extra time here so you don’t forget anything important!


Jump-starting a dead car battery is easier than most people think—all you need are two working vehicles with good batteries and some basic knowledge about how they work together! Just follow these five steps carefully; gather your materials, connect the cables properly, and start up the working vehicle first before trying yours again after several minutes have passed by letting its engine charge up yours even further for approximately half an hour or so before finally disconnecting everything in reverse order–and voila! Your car should be ready for use once more without any trouble whatsoever! Drive safe out there!