The Jumper cables, a worldwide tool

You try to start your car, and it doesn’t? The first thought which comes to your mind is ‘’it’s the battery!’’. No worries, the jumper cables are there to help you get the car running again! Relatively inexpensive and very practical (provided that you have access to another car in correct running order), jumper cables can be used to start your car.

How to boost your battery using jumper cables?

For a good start, follow these 3 steps.

  1. – Place the cars so that the two batteries are as close to one another as possible (bonnet-to-bonnet, for example).
  2. – Open both bonnets and remove the covers on each battery, once you have located them.
  3. – Locate the positive terminal (red) and the negative terminal (black) after removing their covers.

Jumper cables

Now let’s look at how to connect them. Patience! Your engine will be running like new in just a few minutes! Though the operation may seem complicated, there’s nothing to worry about. You have only to methodically follow the steps shown below:

  1. – Place a red clamp on the metal lead of the positive terminal (+) of the car with the drained battery. Then connect the other end to the vehicle in working order.
  2. – Similarly, place a black clamp on the negative (-) metal lead of the car with the drained battery. Then connect the other end to the negative terminal of the vehicle in working order.
  3. – Put the “rescue” vehicle into neutral, apply the brakes, then start and run the engine for 5 minutes. Let it idle, while accelerating slightly from time to time. This will serve to charge up the other battery.
  4. – Try to start the disabled vehicle. If it doesn’t start, repeat step 3 once again. If your car still won’t start after another 5 minutes, your battery must be replaced.
  5. – If the vehicle starts, you’re all set! Your battery has charged up a bit, allowing you to start the engine. Now you have only to disconnect the cables.
  6. – First disconnect the black clamp on the disabled vehicle, then the other end on the rescue vehicle.
  7. – Then repeat this operation with the red cable.
  8. – Now that it’s running again, keep your engine running for a short time.If possible, drive around for a little while. This will help to recharge it completely!

A few points to remember:

  • You must always connect the red clamps (+) first. Inversely when disconnecting, always the red clamps last.
  • Once the cables are connected, the vehicles and cables must never come into contact with one another.
  • Once the disabled car has restarted, don’t hesitate to apply the accelerator a bit in order to help with the charging.
  • If you have gloves, remember to put them on.