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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

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How to Jump Start Your Car

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How to Tell if You Have a Dead Battery

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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. 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.

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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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  • Monday
    8:30am-7:00pm
  • Tuesday
    8:30am-7:00pm
  • Wednesday
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  • Thursday
    8:30am-7:00pm
  • Friday
    8:30am-7:00pm
  • Saturday
    9:00am-5:00pm
  • Sunday
    Closed

Contact Information

412 Southeast Blvd
Clinton, NC 28328
Phone: (910) 590-2005
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