Having a flat battery can happen to anyone, no matter how vigilante you are.
And being stranded at a roadside can be scary, as well as highly inconvenient.
Getting a tow to a garage from one of the many recovery and towing firms in Edmonton Canada, should be high on your priority list.
Most companies, like https://www.edmtowing.ca should be able to send a vehicle out to help get you started at the roadside, without ever having to see the inside of a garage.
If that is not an option, or you have a friend to assist you, you might prefer to jump start your car yourself.
Here’s how to do that, safely.
FIRST A FEW QUICK CHECKS
Before you do anything, you need to make a few basic checks to ensure you should even be attempting to jump your car.
- Never have a naked flame around any vehicle that you are connecting to or from.
- Both vehicles need to be about the same size, with similar engine capacity for this to work.
- The cables need to be able to connect correctly to both sets of batteries.
- Take away any metal objects from the vicinity of the battery. It could make sparks fly!
FIRST TURN THE ENGINES OFF
- Park up both vehicles in neutral.
- Now turn the ignition off.
- Make sure the cars are near enough for the jumper cables to stretch to both vehicles.
ATTACHING THE POSITIVE CABLES
- Take the positive red cable and place one end on the positive end of your car battery.
- Now attach the other end to the working car battery.
- This can be identified by the POS or the + on the battery.
- The positive terminal is also a lot bigger than the negative end, to help identify it.
ATTACHING THE NEGATIVE CABLES PART ONE
- Now locate the negative cables which are black. Hook the working battery onto the car that requires jumping.
ATTACHING THE NEGATIVE CABLES PART TWO
- On your vehicle (the one requiring jumping) look for a metal part such as a jump start pole, bracket or pole.
- Ensure that this metal part is not close the battery.
- With the same negative (black) cable, you need to connect the ending to this piece of metal on your car.
- The black (negative) cable should be hooked up to the working battery’s negative fixture and the flat battery’s non battery metal part.
TURN ON THE WORKING CAR
- Switch the ignition on in the car that you are getting the battery jumped from.
- Allow it to run for a while by itself, before switching on the dead vehicle.
TURN ON THE NON WORKING CAR
- Start the ignition in your car.
- Hopefully, the engine should now burst into life.
- If the engine does not start, check the lead connections carefully.
- If the connections are okay, try turning the working car engine on for longer – about five or ten minutes – and then try again.
- If the battery in your car doesn’t work after this, then you probably need a new battery!
A WORD OF ADVICE
If you have been lucky and this advice has worked, don’t stop there!
You will need to charge up the flat battery in order to make it work correctly.
This means you should drive for a minimum of a quarter of an hour.
Hopefully, it should give the battery long enough to replenish itself.
If you do all this, but the next time you try and start your car it still won’t work, then we’re afraid that you probably do need a new battery after all!