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How to Jumpstart a Car

Jump starting your car

Car won’t start in West Columbia? You might need to jumpstart your car battery, either with a jumpstart car service or you need to learn the proper way to jumpstart a car. Knowing how to jumpstart a car will save you time waiting on the side of Irmo roads for a jumpstart car service. Learn how to jumpstart a car battery with Mazda of Columbia, then be sure to check out our other service tips and tricks.


The Proper Way to Jumpstart a Car

Knowing how to jumpstart a car in Lexington is a necessity. To jumpstart a car battery, you’ll need a set of jumper cables and another running vehicle to provide energy. After you found those, the steps to jumpstart a car battery are:

  • Park the cars facing one another, both vehicles off and parking brakes engaged.
  • Find the batteries under the hoods – might be under a plastic hood.
  • Find the positive and negative terminals
  • Connect the red clamp to the positive post on the dead battery first
  • Hook the other red clamp to the positive terminal on the charged battery
  • Then, attach the black clamp to the negative post on the charged battery
  • Finally, ground the last black clamp to an unpainted metal surface of the car
  • Start the engine of the vehicle with the charged battery, then start the engine of dead battery
  • After the dead car has been jumped, remove the jumper cables in reverse order: grounded clamp, black clamp, red clamps
  • Run the engine on the restarted vehicle for at least 10 minutes

Car Won’t Jumpstart

What if your car still won’t jumpstart in Columbia? A jumpstart not correcting a car battery could be a sign that the battery needs to be replaced, or a more serious problem. If your car won’t jumpstart, look for these signs:

  • If you try to start the car, it doesn’t start and you only hear a clicking sound? That could indicate a problem with the starter.
  • The car fails to start, but the electrical components of the car turn on could be a number of problems, either a faulty ignition switch, bad battery, a broken starter, or a blown fuse. 

Schedule a Service Appointment with Mazda of Columbia!

Looking for a service team you can trust for replacing a battery, or other routine car maintenance tasks, like tire rotations and oil changes? Contact our expert service technicians at Mazda of Columbia! Schedule a service appointment and be sure to check out our service specials!

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