When Your Car Won’t Start

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Car Won’t Start? Tow it to Wise Auto Clinic, Schaumburg

Subzero temperatures weaken the power of the car battery.  Starting Failures are common place in cold temps because of this issue. Even a fully discharged battery, which is sometimes frozen inside may be started externally but caution must be exercised because it could explode.

What do you do when your car won’t start? The best way to get back on the road quick and easy is to jump your car. You can call a tow truck and get towed to a certified auto repair mechanic but if you prefer not to wait, it’s best if you carry jumper cables in your car at all times.

So how do you jump your car?

First, you will need to be sure you parked your vehicle so that the engine compartments are as close together as you can get, otherwise it may happen that the jumper cables are too short. Most jumper cables will reach 6 ft at a minimum and some may reach up to 15 ft. Be sure that the cars are not touching.

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Basic Diagram on how to jump your car

Open the hood and look for the car battery: The battery terminals – two inch-thick connections are marked with a plus and a minus – should be clean and coated with protective fatty acid. Be sure you’ve turned off everything that consumes power, whether ignition, lights, radio or heated seats, dome lights, everything.

The rule is: red before black

First find the red connector on your jumper cables. Connect the red connector on the jumper cables to the positive terminals of both batteries. Then Connect the black wire to the negative terminal of the battery that you are using to jump the car that doesn’t start. Then connect the second end to a bare metal part of the car that needs the booster. It’s best to find a spot that is free from paint on the engine block or inside of the engine compartment.

The next step is to start the engine of the running car and give the idle a little gas. Then start the engine of the other vehicle that is not running. If it is easy to start and you have a strong electrical current, disconnect the cables in the reverse order – first black to red. If your auto does not start right away, keep the cars jumpered for 5-10 minutes and try again.

Once you get it started, the driver should definitely run the car for several miles before turning it off so the battery has a chance to recharge itself again. It would be a good idea to have Wise Auto Clinic to check out your electrical systems to just be sure not recurring problems exist. You can’t plan when you’ll get stranded!