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8 Steps To Easily Jump Start Your Car - Mr.Quickpick Of Indianapolis

Updated: Nov 16, 2023

Automobile batteries can be a little dirty to handle in unexpected situations. If you sit in your car too long, listen to the radio too long or forget to turn off the lights in your vehicle, there is a good chance your batteries may drain, and you may need a jump start service. If you don't want to pay to jump start your car, then you can attempt to jump start it yourself by using jumper cables or a jump box and following these 8 steps to jump start your car.

Things You Need To Jump Start Your Car

  1. To jump start your car, you will need a set of jumper cables or a jump box.

  2. If you don't have a jump box, you will need another power source, like another working vehicle or a generator.

  3. You will also need gloves to keep your hands clean and towels to clean the battery terminals.

  4. Safety Glasses to protect your eyes in case of a battery jump start accident

Things To Know About Jump Starting Cars

  1. Batteries can explode under certain circumstances

  2. Batteries have acid inside them, which, if exposed, can be toxic if sniffed and corrode skin if touched.

  3. All batteries are recyclable, and you can dispose of your old battery at most auto parts stores.

  4. Live positive and negative terminals may spark when touched. (keep them away from each other.

  5. Sometimes another car won't have enough power to jump start your car. If that's the case, call Mr.Quickpick for a jump start.

  6. Using an electric vehicle or trying to jump start an electric vehicle using jumper cables may damage that vehicle, refer to user's manual for safe jump-starting.

How To Jump Start Your Car Safely - 8 Steps

Now that you know what you need to jump start a car and a few things about batteries, let's move on to how to jump start your car in 8 steps.

  1. Step 1: Put on your gloves and protective eyewear.

  1. Step 2: Gather jumper cables, towels, and the other vehicle used as a power source.

  1. Step 3: Put both cars in park and make sure both vehicles are off.

  2. Step 4: Grab one of the red (positive) ends of the jumper cables and connect it to the red (positive) terminal on the vehicle that needs a jump.

  3. Step 5: Grab the other red (positive) end and connect it to the red (positive) terminal on the vehicle that is the power source.

  4. Step 6: Grab the black (negative) end of the jumper cables and connect it to a solid, unpainted metal part of the vehicle that needs a jump. (strut mount stud or bolt on engine). Note: you can use the negative terminal as well, but it's best practice not to.

  5. Step 7: Grab the black (negative) end of the jumper cables and connect it to the negative terminal on the power source vehicle and turn the vehicle on.

  6. Step 8: After 2 minutes, get inside the vehicle that needs a jump and turn it on like normal. At this point it should start, and you should disconnect the jumper cables, starting with the negative terminal.

After following these steps, you should have two running vehicles. You'll want to make sure you leave the vehicle that needed a jump running for at least 20-30 minutes, so it has enough time to recharge the dead battery on its own. Otherwise, it could not start again after shutting it off.

I Tried To Jump My Car But It Did Not Start

If you have already tried to jump start your vehicle, and you are wondering why your vehicle won't start; you should know that there are numerous reasons why a vehicle may not start, it could be an internal problem with the battery itself, a fuse, ignition problems or just the fact that the battery may need replaced, it could also be that you just didn't have enough power from the jump start source to get the job done.

Regardless of the source of the problem, you’ll want to get back on the road as soon as possible. We not offer jump start and battery installation services, but we can also test your charging system to make sure that the batter really is the source of the problem. Pricing for jump start & battery installation ranges from $65-$250 depending on vehicle type and scope of work required. Our jump boxes are strong, so if we can't get you started, you can bet the issue is most likely not power related.

Mr.Quickpick has jumped and helped thousands of drivers get back on the road. Our technicians use portable jump boxes to get into garages, ports and hard to reach places. We always hook up red clamp to red post, black clamp to black post and will never leave you stranded.

You can call in to schedule or call for immediate service. FYI: we only charge $35 if we cannot get you started (light vehicles only). Rest assured, you won't be left stranded. Our dispatchers are standing by ready to assist your needs.

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