Tips for Properly Jumpstarting Your Vehicle


Almost everyone has experienced the frustration of nothing happening when you turn the key on your Jeep. This can be a very frustrating experience, especially if you are in an unfamiliar area, more than likely you are going to have to find someone to help jumpstart your Jeep or call someone. If you are unfamiliar with the task of jump starting your Jeep, we’ve listed some tips to make sure that you do it the right way.

  • The first thing you will want to do is to position the Jeep that is going to be jump starting yours so that it sits in front of your Jeep. This will allow you to easily connect the jumper cables and insure that there is enough slack.
  • If your Jeep is an automatic it should be in park and if it is a manual you should make sure that it is in neutral before jump starting the car.
  • Now you will want to lift the hoods of both vehicles and locate the batteries. If your battery terminals have covers, you should move them so that you can easily attach the cables.
  • When attaching the jumper cables, the red clamp always attaches to the positive terminal on your battery. When attaching the cables you want to make sure that the connection is tight.
  • Once you have connected the positive cable to the dead battery you will want to attach the other end to the battery that will be giving you the jump.
  • Next you will want to attach the black negative jumper cable clamp to the negative terminal on the good battery.
  • The last step will be to attach the black cable to the negative terminal on your dead battery. During this process it is important that you never touch the two clamps together. Once they are attached to the live battery, there is juice flowing through the cables.
  • Now you will want to start the engine of the vehicle that is providing the jump, you should bring the engine speed up just a little bit over idle.
  • The next step is to try and start the dead battery, if your battery is in good condition it should start relatively quick.
  • If the dead battery is not turning on, check the connections of the jumper cables to insure that they are all tight. If the battery still does not turnover, let the vehicle run that is providing you with the jump. This will provide a charge to the dead battery.
  • Once you have gotten your Jeep to start, keep the vehicles connected for a few minutes. After the dead battery has charged a little, you can then remove the jumper cables. During this process remember that as long as the cables are connected to either running vehicle there is still power running through them. Do not let the cables touch each other or any other metal in the area.

Written by Andrew

"You're telling me it's got four wheels, two seats and goes faster than the speed limit? Good, I'm driving."

7 comments

  1. This information should probably be in the owners manual. I was driving my Dad’s Jeep and I knew the batter was good. The jumper cables were always in the back so I figured I would rescue a damsel in distress and maybe score her number. I had never done it before, but how hard could it be? I made a total ass of myself. I didn’t know which way the clamps should go and of course, I chose the wrong way. After sparks galore she got out of the car laughing. Guess it wasn’t too hard for her to figure out I had never done this before. She showed me how it was done without making me feel like a complete idiot and then she asked me for my phone number. Go figure.

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  2. I have jumpers in the trunk but until I read this article I would not have known how to use them. They were there when I bought the car so I just left them. Now, thanks to you, I might be able to use them.

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  3. It’s always good to be refreshed on the procedure since it’s not something that’s done on a regular basis. For sure you don’t want to damage either vehicle or get hurt in the process. Thanks.

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  4. My wife took one of those powder puff classes to learn how to change a tire and her oil. They also showed her how to jump start a car. Turns out a have my own personal mechanic. Now how cool is that?

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  5. I never bought jumper cables because I never knew how to use them. I guess it doesn’t sound as bad as I thought it would. Maybe I’ll get a set and be prepared just in case.

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