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At EuroWerks, we find many customers are misinformed about some of the specifics regarding operation of their automobile.  We hope the following articles may help and would like to invite you to inform yourself with our library of information on automobiles.  We don’t cover all of the bases but we try to offer information on some of the most basic necessities in both the ownership and operation of your automobile.  If you have any ideas or questions we haven’t answered, feel free to visit us and we will attempt to address your concerns.

Safely Jump Starting Your Vehicle

In today’s vehicles, there is an enormous risk of damage when attempting to Jump-Start a vehicle. The electronics in today’s cars are extremely sensitive and expensive. If possible, it is recommended you don’t perform such tasks. Often, damage may occur in the most innocent of environments. The road service truck you’ve called may be well equipped to jump anything and everything. The risk is that your newer model car may not stand up to excess voltages and voltage spikes. This could lead to a further delay of days and an additional expense to repair, usually above $1,000.00. If you must Jump-Start your vehicle, be aware of the risks to the many computerized components on your car.

Where circumstances require Jump-Starting, know what you are doing. Take only a moment to familiarize yourself with location of both the positive and negative terminal locations for Jump-Starting your car. Refer to your Owners Handbook. Where possible, know the same on the vehicle that is Jump-Starting you. This could bring great satisfaction in the avoidance of damage to your car. Before attempting, make certain there is significant ventilation to avoid risks of an explosion from flammable gases emitted from either Battery. Significant moisture located only around the immediate area of the Battery is an indication of higher risks of explosion. Avoid unnecessary risks.

1. Locate and identify the positive and negative terminals on both vehicles. Note that most Jumper Cables have Red and Black-leads. The red jumper lead is for the positive (+) terminals and black for negative, (-). Position cars so cables may reach easily. Make certain cars do not touch as this may result in a grounding of electrics causing additional risks of damage.

2. With the ignition switch to both vehicles switched off, connect your Positive jumper cable to your positive battery terminal or + junction-post. Now connect the other end of the positive jumper cable to the positive terminal + or junction post on the car that is jump-starting yours.

3. Now, connect the negative, (-) black cable to your car battery or the (–) junction post, and then repeat the same on the car jump-starting yours.

4. Attempt to start your car. If the car seems to crank slowly but not fast enough to fire the engine, inspect for a good clean contact at all cable connections. Make certain the key is off on both vehicles and check in the reverse order on fitting cables to jump-start your vehicle. Attempt to start again. If the same slow crank occurs, you may need additional power to jump your vehicle. Start the engine on the other car and allow a few minutes to pass so there may be a chance to charge your battery via the other vehicles charging system. Now attempt to start your car again. If the car will not crank properly and start, it may be the battery is too weak and will require towing.

5. If all has gone well and you have successfully started your car, don’t rush to get rolling. Before removing cables, pay Close Attention!!! Switch on the headlights and blower fan to help reduce a voltage spike when removing cables. Failure to do so may cause damage to important computers in the car. Now, disconnect the negative, (-) black jumper cable from your car first, and then remove the positive (+) red cable. Make certain you don’t allow the loose cable to make contact.

6. Recognize that you may have a dead battery or failure in your charging system. If you see the battery symbol illuminated on the dash, with engine running after completing the jump-start procedure, you may have a battery and/or charging failure. Don’t expect to drive the car, as it will soon run below minimum voltage requirements and stall. This may occur in a less convenient environment. If the battery or charging system light does not illuminate, it is still recommended you have the systems inspected for proper function. Call EuroWerks to advise of schedule for visit.

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