How to use jumper leads to kick start your car

JUMP starting your car is pretty simple, but it is also pretty simple to do wrong.
Willard representative Natasha Malgas outlined how easy it was to correctly use jumper leads, also known as booster cables, when charging a flat battery.
When you jump start your car, another car with a functioning battery is used as the booster.
Position the cars close together so that the jump leads  will reach both batteries then connect the cables  in this order:
1 Connect (+) positive red cable  to the (+) positive terminal on the dead battery.
2. Connect the other end of the (+) positive red cable to (+) positive terminal on the working car.
3. Connect (-) negative black cable to (-) negative terminal on the working car.
4. Connect the other end of the (-) negative cable to the engine block of the receiving car, or to the chassis.
Do NOT connect it to the (-) negative terminal on the dead battery, warns Malgas, as this may cause a spark or arc.
Then start the working car’s engine.
“Switch everything on in the car receiving the charge: the radio, lights and so on,” Malgas warned. If you do not do this, the blast of charge coming through might damage the sensitive computer system of your car.
However, you should ensure that all electrical equipment on the working car is off so that all its battery power is used to jump start the dead battery.
Let the working car run for a minute or so before you try to start the dead one.
Now try and start the dead battery engine by turning the ignition. If it sounds like it is going to start but will not quite go, then rev the working car for a little longer before trying the dead battery again.
When the dead battery has started and is running,  remove the jump leads. Do this in reverse order:
1. Disconnect (-) negative black cable from the engine block or chassis.
2. Disconnect (-) negative black cable from the (-) negative terminal on the working car.
3. Disconnect (+) positive red cable from the (+) positive terminal on the working car.
4. Disconnect (+) positive red cable from the (+) positive terminal on the dead battery.
Let the car that had the flat (dead) battery run for quite a while.  If you turn the ignition off quite soon after starting it then it may not start again because there will not be enough charge in the battery.  It might be worth taking the car for a drive, or driving the car home and connecting the battery to a battery charger overnight.
Ensure that when you are connecting and removing the jump leads,  they do not touch each other and do not come into contact with any moving parts on either engine.
If the flat battery will not start the car after following this procedure, then the battery could be damaged and faulty inside. A battery is live 24 hours of the day and on average should last for three years.

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