Jump Start Your Battery
There may come a time when you're out with your family to watch a movie on a Saturday night. One of your children accidentally leaves the interior light on and exit the vehicle. The movie is long almost 2 hours in length, and by the time you get out to your vehicle, you notice the interior light is on. As you step inside, you put your foot on the brake pedal and reach to push the start button. To your dismay, all you hear is a clicking sound, and you realize that your battery has been drained. Or in the same situation, you may come across someone else on that night, and they find themselves stranded. It is great to learn how to safely and correctly jumpstart your vehicle. At West End Nissan, we are excited to provide a how-to guide to jumpstart a vehicle. Batteries typically have a shelf life of approximately 3 years. If you want to avoid this issue, please have your battery checked at our state of the art service centre. The easiest way to get in is by booking an online appointment because car maintenance is vital to the longevity of your vehicle. Continue reading to find out the eight simple steps to jumpstart your vehicle.
It's always a great idea to have a set of jumper cables stored in your vehicle. Take them out and call someone or find a Good Samaritan who will allow you to use their vehicle.
Line Up Both Vehicles
Depending on where your battery and the donor battery are placed, line up the vehicles accordingly. Either side by side or if you're able to nose-to-nose. Also, make sure the vehicles are in park and ignitions are off.
Attach one of the red clips to the positive terminal of your battery and then attach the other red clip to the positive terminal of the other battery.
Just like you did with the positive terminals, attach the black clip to the negative terminal on the other vehicle. However, for your vehicle, a taste of a black clip to an unpainted metal surface that is not near the battery.
Start Working Vehicle
At this point, start the working vehicle and allow it to run for a few minutes. Your battery will need to charge depending on how much it is depleted.
Try to Start
After you give it some time, try and start your vehicle and see what happens. If your vehicle is not starting, make sure that the cables are connected properly, and if they are, allow the working vehicle to stay running for another 5 minutes. If even after this, your vehicle does not start, you will need a new battery. Contact us for more information, and our trained service advisors will be more than happy to help.