Oh dear, what can the matter be?... My car has got a flat battery! While a dead battery isn’t something to sing about, it is pretty easy to rectify provided you’ve got a few essentials and a little bit of know-how. While we can’t provide jumper cables, what we can do is give you the knowledge. Here’s our guide on how to jump start a car….
Well, the first port of call is deciding if your battery is actually flat. Here are some of the obvious signs that you have a flat battery, all of these systems run on electricity provided by the battery:
That’s right,the ignition! If the car refuses to turn over or the starter sounds like it is labouring, there is a good chance that you have a flat battery. The downside is that the battery is charged by the engine alternator. If you can’t start the engine in the first place, then you can’t charge the battery.
That leaves us in a bit of a dilemma… Or does it?
Well, no, as long as you know how to jumpstart the car, you can get the engine going, which will gradually replenish the battery. Here’s a guide about how to jumpstart your car.
You will need: -
Here’s what you do:
Top tip: Have a quick check before your position your cars
Top tip: Check the terminals before you connect any wires.
Top tip: Remove Jewellery (we’ve told you twice now)
Top tip: Don’t leave the cable loose. Work methodically and ensure all cables are attached before attaching another cable. Why? Because if you have loose ends and they touch, you will short out the live battery.
Top tip: If your car doesn’t start, wait a little longer. Don’t try and keep turning it over. It will just flatten the battery further.
Top tip: Drive for at least 15 minutes to ensure that your battery has enough charge to start the next time…. Oh, and don’t stall your car in the first 5-10 minutes!
Easy right? In case you were wondering, we’ve also done a bit of research and found a great (and fun) video showing you the above in detail. Check it out
Here are a few quick answers to common questions: -
Yes, you can, but you will need a power source or a live battery. If you have a spare battery, this can be used instead of another car
We’ve suggested working from the live battery first. However, it doesn’t really matter. The key is not leaving a cable loose. Connect one at both ends and then the other.
If you’ve got a manual car, there is the possibility of push-starting it. This is where you get the pistons in the engine turning without the starter motor by pushing the car. Then all you need is enough electricity for a little spark, the engine starts, and you are away! You can see a video on how to push start a car here.
If you can’t get your car started, it might be a case of contacting a professional to give it a once over. It is also worth considering what caused a flat battery in the first place. Again, if your car isn’t working, it might be a job best left to the professionals. Hopefully, our guide on how to jump start a car will have you up and running. Check out our other blog posts, which are full of handy hints for motorists.
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