Eagle Hot Shot - Tow TrucksHow to Start a Dead Battery – You’re on your regular commute to school or work, and everything is going as it normally should. Something’s wrong, though. Before you know what’s happening, your battery dies and you’re forced to pull to the side of the road. When this happens, you need a jump start service, and fast. Our experienced wrecker drivers are happy to give your vehicle a jump start, but the main priority is getting back on your way safely. We want to help you do that. Today, we’ll explore what the issue with your vehicle could be besides the battery, and if it is the battery, what you should do about it.



We will be covering the following topics in this article about How to Start a Dead Battery:

  • Make Sure the Car Battery is the Problem
  • How to Jumpstart a Battery with Jumper Cables

Make Sure the Car Battery is the Problem

The first thing to remember is that it might not be your battery that’s the problem. It could be something as simple as a bad connection, or something more complicated like a faulty alternator. If you aren’t sure, call a wrecker service near you and see if they can inspect the problem.

How to Jumpstart a Battery with Jumper Cables

Jumper CablesWhile a local tow truck service can provide you with a jump, a “good Samaritan” might stop quickly enough that all you’ll need are some jumper cables. Our number one priority is making sure you are safe, and the following should provide you with the information you need to use jumper cables if your vehicle’s battery dies:

  • The vast majority of the time, the jumper cables should be safe to use. Nonetheless, look at the owner’s manual to see if it’s safe to use jumper cables on your vehicle.
  • Keep any passengers at a safe distance from the vehicle and see if your surroundings are safe before you begin. Check for oncoming cars, and make sure the terrain is stable.
  • Locate the battery in your vehicle and in the other person’s vehicle to see if your cars/trucks/vans are close enough for the jumper cables to reach.
  • Both of the vehicles should be in Park and have the parking brake engaged.
  • Keep the engines off while you’re identifying the positive (+) and negative (-) terminals on each of your vehicles’ batteries.
  • If you’re the one receiving the jump, attach one red clamp to the positive (+) terminal on the other vehicle’s battery, and then attach the other red clamp onto the dead battery’s positive (+) terminal. Make sure the black clamps don’t touch the red clamps.
  • With the black clamps, attach one onto the other vehicle’s negative (-) terminal, and then attach the other to the dead battery’s negative terminal.
  • Again, if you are the one receiving the jump, have the other driver start their vehicle. Wait one or two minutes, and then start the dead vehicle. The dead battery should become charged, and your vehicle should start normally.
  • Remove the jumper cables.
  • Finally, drive your vehicle around for a few minutes to allow the battery to recharge more. Don’t turn your vehicle off, or it might not start back up again.

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