How to Jump Start a Car

Jumper Cables


As part of your basic car care knowledge, it's important to learn the proper way to jump start a car. That way, you won't find yourself stranded in a Cheektowaga parking lot or stuck on the side of the road with no way to get your car going again. This guide from Basil Ford demonstrates how to jump start a car battery on your own so that you don't need to call a jump start car service. We also provide advice on what to do if your car won't jump start. Connect with our service team if you have any questions!

Proper Way to Jump Start a Car

First and foremost, make sure you have a set of jumper cables in your car at all times. That way, you'll be prepared to jump start your car battery if you're stranded in the Lancaster area. When it is time to jump start a car battery, you will also need the help of another vehicle. From there, follow these steps on the proper way to jump start a car.

  1. Have the functioning vehicle face yours, hood to hood. Ensure that both vehicles are turned off, and both have parking brakes engaged.
  2. Pop the hood of each vehicle, and locate the battery, removing plastic hoods to expose battery terminals as necessary. Clean them to ensure they're free of corrosion.
  3. Take your jumper cables, and connect the red clamp to the positive terminal of your battery.
  4. Hook the second red clamp to the positive terminal on the helping car's battery, followed by the black clamp to this battery's negative terminal.
  5. The second black clamp should connect to an unpainted metal surface on your car's frame.
  6. With everything securely fastened, have the other driver start their car. Then, you can start your car.
  7. Once your car is running, remove the jumper cables in reverse order, and have the other driver turn off their vehicle.
  8. Keep your engine running for at least 10 minutes. This will ensure that your car doesn't die again right away.

Jump Start Car Service With Ford Roadside Assistance

New Ford vehicles and Certified Pre-Owned Ford models come with roadside assistance. This means that if you don't have another driver to help you jump start your car, then you can call a professional for jump start car service anywhere in the Buffalo area. Simply call (800) 241-3673, and Ford Roadside Assistance will dispatch someone to you. And if your car won't jump start, Ford Roadside Assistance offers complimentary towing to an authorized dealership in the Amherst area, like Basil Ford.

Schedule Service with Basil Ford

Is it time for a battery replacement? In need of a simple oil change near Depew? Looking to reprogram your Ford key fobSchedule service with Basil Ford today! Our expert technicians have you covered for everything from routine maintenance to extensive repairs and replacements. Get in touch if you have any questions about tasks like tire rotations.