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DIY - How to Jump Start Your Car​ | Nissan of Clinton, North Carolina

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Although it might sound like a no-brainer, there are multiple reasons your car might not be starting. One of the most likely causes is a bad battery, which can be caused by environmental factors, mechanical failure, or simply old parts. Read on to determine whether or not you may need to get a new battery.

Most batteries developed after the 1950s are wet-cell batteries, which means they use sulfuric acid and lead in a plastic casing to store an electric charge. Most of these batteries are made to last roughly 2 to 3 years, though it varies depending on use.​ 
How to Tell if You Have a Dead Battery
Although it might sound like a no-brainer, there are multiple reasons your car might not be starting. One of the most likely causes is a bad battery, which can be caused by environmental factors, mechanical failure, or simply old parts. Read on to determine whether or not you may need to get a new battery.
Most batteries developed after the 1950s are wet-cell batteries, which means they use sulfuric acid and lead in a plastic casing to store an electric charge. Most of these batteries are made to last roughly 2 to 3 years, though it varies depending on use. Parts related to the battery include the following:
  • Alternator - a small generator that runs on a belt.
  • Solenoid - this creates a small, controlled electromagnetic field.
  • Terminals – electrical contacts that project from the battery (labelled and colored to mark positive and negative charges)
  • Wires – red and black wires that connect the battery to other components.
The most common sign that your battery is dead or failing is simply that your car will not start. If it cranks but will not completely start, then statistically it is almost always the battery. According to Axle Addict, there are other issues to consider, so look for possible leaks and check any warning lights that you may have noticed to rule out other issues.

Do the lights work? This is a simple way to diagnose your car issues. When there is an electrical problem, one of the first things you should check is the lights. If they are especially dim or they are not working at all, that means they are lacking power. In other words, you likely need a new battery.

If your car works intermittently, you may also have a bad battery or components. This doesn’t necessarily mean that your battery is dead; however, if it starts fine one day and doesn’t work the next day, it is likely that you have corroded or damaged terminals or wiring.

Finally, if you have difficulty starting your car in cold weather, check the battery. Cool temperatures can be particularly rough on the electrical system, and they often lead to dead batteries. In fact, batteries lose about a third of their power in freezing temperatures, and even more around zero degrees. If it is cold and your car won’t start, check the battery.
How To Jump Start Your Car
Nearly all of us have come out to our vehicles only to find the battery is dead and it will not start. This usually happens because a light was left on or there was some other drain on the electrical system. However, with a simple set of jumper cables and someone willing to help you with a working car, you should be able to start your car back up in a matter of minutes.


Follow these steps to learn how to jump start your car.

  1. Get some jumper cables. It is a good idea to keep a set in your trunk.
  2. Put both vehicles in park and make sure the cars are close enough so that the jumper cables can reach both batteries. Turn off the ignition in both cars.
  3. Attach one of the red clips to the positive (+) terminal on your car’s battery.
  4. Attach the other red clip to the positive terminal on the other car’s battery.
  5. Attach one of the black clips to the negative (-) terminal on the other car’s battery.
  6. Attach the last black clips to an unpainted metal surface on your car. Make sure this isn’t on or near the battery. A piece of metal along the edge of the hood is a good place.
  7. Try to start your car. If it won’t start, make sure all the cables are connected properly, have your helper run their engine for a few minutes, and then try to start your car again. If it still won’t start, your battery may be beyond help.

A few things to keep in mind. It is vitally important that you connect the cables in the correct order and in the correct places. Also, once you do get a good jump start, don’t shut off your engine immediately. Drive around for 15 minutes or so to recharge your battery. If you find it dead again soon, you may need to get a new battery.

If you are having battery issues, we can help you out here at Nissan of Clinton. Schedule an appointment today and we’ll take a look at your car.
A few things to keep in mind. It is vitally important that you connect the cables in the correct order and in the correct places. Also, once you do get a good jump start, don’t shut off your engine immediately. Drive around for 15 minutes or so to recharge your battery. If you find it dead again soon, you may need to get a new battery.

If you are having battery issues, we can help you out here at Nissan of Clinton. Schedule an appointment today and we’ll take a look at your car.

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