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How to Jump Start A Car Using Jumper Cables


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Jump Starting a Car with a Dead Battery Made Simple
How to Jump Start a Car safely.

When you are preparing to jump start a car, position the vehicles for an easy stretch of your jumper cables. Be sure the cables attach securely to the battery posts.

photo by Matt Wright, 2010
It's easy to jump start your car if you have a dead battery. Batteries go dead for all sorts of reasons, but usually it's our fault. This is a good thing, because that means a simple jump-start will get you back on the road with no permanent damage.

What You'll Need:
1. Another car, running
2. Jumper cables
3. Safety glasses
4. Wire brush (optional for cleaning connections)

You'll need to park the running car next to the dead car in such a way that the jumper cables can reach both batteries. If you aren't sure where the batteries are under each hood, take a peek* before you park.

Important TIP:
*Never drive with your hood raised. Not only do you have no visibility, you could damage your hood components or the hood itself.

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