If you car battery dies when you are out and about, it can be a huge inconvenience and even ruin your plans for the whole day. However, you can get your car up and running again without one of our mobile mechanics. All you need is another car’s battery that is working well and some jumper cables. The working car battery will charge your dead battery so that your car will start again. Typically, this method is used if your car battery is completely dead and needs to be moved quickly. When you get your car to a safe place, we recommend that you get your vehicle checked out by one of our mobile mechanics so you can be sure that your car is safe to drive and that there are no other underlying problems.


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Things You May Need to Jump Start:

  1. A charged car battery
  2. Jumper cables‌‌

How to Jump Start your Car: ‌‌

Step 1: Park your Car in a Safe Spot

Park the dead car and working car close to each other in a safe area, away from traffic and other dangers. Make sure the two cars are not touching and that there is a small space between them.‌‌

Step 2: Ignitions Off and Hoods Open

Make sure both the car’s ignition is turned off as well as other accessories. Now, open the car hoods and get the jumper cables.‌‌

Step 3: Put on the Jumper Cables

Jumper cables have two positive ends and two negative ends. Connect the positive end (usually it is a red color) of the jumper to dead battery. You can also recognize the positive end by the plus sign on it. Connect the other positive end of the jumper cable to the positive end of the working battery. Now, by finishing the positive connection, connect the negative cable (usually it is in black color) to the working battery it will be recognized by the sign of minus on it. Do not connect the other side to the dead battery and do not start by connecting the dead battery first.

After connecting the one negative end to the working part of the battery, connect the other end to the exposed part of the metal of the dead vehicle battery which can be unpainted components like a bolt or bracket.‌‌

Step 4: Get Ready to Start the Working Car

Now, start the working car and keep it on for time duration of 15-20 minutes. To boost up the process you can accelerate the car which will fasten the charging process. Now try to start the dead car, it will be back to its original form if the battery is sufficiently charged, if not then you may need to let the dead car charge a little bit longer.‌‌

Step 5: Not Working? You May Need a Professional

If the process above does not start the dead car, you may have to have one of our professional mobile mechanics come out. Do not repeat the process again, as it may worsen the condition of the battery.

To avoid this problem in the future, you are going to want to make an effort to take good care of your car's battery health. There are tons of tiny habits that can ruin your car's battery such as using your lights or radio while your car's engine is turned off. To learn more about how to maintain a healthy car battery, click here and read our in depth blog post about this topic!

At Wrench, we want to keep you on the road, so if you ever experience issues like this, don't hesitate to give us a call or book an appointment by clicking here and filling out our short service request form. In no time we will get you back on the road safely so you can get back to your usual routine. Our mobile mechanics are experts, especially when it comes to your car's battery. So if it looks like you might need a battery replacement service, leave it to our qualified technicians! For more information about when it's time to replace your car's battery, read our recent blog post! We are looking forward to servicing your car soon!


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