How to Jump-Start a Car

Jumper Cables

You might think that you know how to jump-start a car, but do you know how to properly jump-start a car like a pro? With the right tools and techniques, any driver in Watertown can get their car up and running in a few minutes. In this guide, we’ll teach you the proper way to jump-start a car and what to do if your car won’t jump-start at all. Learn our best tips and tricks, and be sure to rely on Brookings Auto Mall for quality car battery service.



Jump Start Car Battery

If you’re not sure about how to jump-start a car, you can always call a jump-start car service like AAA or contact our service department. But if you’ve got a set of jumper cables ready to go in Brookings, just follow these simple steps to get your car back on the road:

  • Find a driver who is willing to help. Ask them to park facing your vehicle.
  • With both vehicles in the park with the parking brakes engaged, open the hood and find the batteries. Remove the plastic hood if needed.
  • Look for the battery terminals. Make sure they are clean and not corroded.
  • Grab your jumper cables. Connect the red clamp to the positive post on the dead battery.
  • Connect the other red clamp to the positive post on the charged battery.
  • Connect the black clamp to the negative post on the good battery.
  • Connect the final black clamp to an unpainted metal surface on your car’s frame.
  • Ask your helper to start the engine, then try to start your engine as well.
  • If your engine starts, you have successfully completed the process. Carefully remove the cables in reverse order. Your helper can now shut off their vehicle.

Now that you know how to jump-start a car, you can learn how to remove a car battery with Brookings Auto Mall.

What if My Car Won’t Jump Start?

While a good jump start will likely solve your problem, sometimes a weak battery isn’t the culprit after all. Here are a few other tips and tricks if your car won’t jump-start:

  • Do you hear a clicking sound? Your starter might be the problem.
  • Does your electrical system still turn on? It could be anything from the ignition switch, battery, starter, or fuse.
  • Did your car successfully recharge after the jump? Keep your engine running for at least 10 minutes to recharge your battery, or it could lose the charge immediately.

Learn more helpful tips with Brookings Auto Mall like preparing an emergency winter car kit, so you can be better prepared for when you get stuck on the side of the road.

Where to Find Batteries and Other Replacement Parts

Knowing how to jump-start your Buick, Chevrolet, GMC car is half the battle, but you still need to order the parts necessary to replace your dead battery, malfunctioning electrical components, gears in your starter, or anything else that might be making it so your car won’t jump start. In the Brookings Auto Mall Parts Center you can find an affordable deal on replacement batteries, and if your car won’t jump-start, the experts in our Service Center can help. Some of the most commonly discounted services we offer our Mitchell-area clientele include:

  • Spark Plugs
  • Vehicle Inspections
  • Tire Replacement
  • Body Work
  • Tire Rotations
  • Oil Change Specials
  • Brake Inspections
  • Tire Balance & Alignment
  • Wiper Inserts
  • Battery Replacement
  • And Plenty More!

Schedule Your Service with Brookings Auto Mall

Now you know how to jump-start a car like a pro and where to go for replacement parts and maintenance service in the  Mitchell area! However, if you want to avoid calling for a jump-start car service in the first place, a little maintenance goes a long way! Schedule service for a multi-point inspection or battery checks in Brookings to keep your car running like a dream. you can always contact us to help you get back on the road if your car won’t jump start!


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