Jump starting a car is not necessarily a hard task. First spread out the cables on the ground between the two vehicles. Be sure that the cable is not tangled and none of the end bridges with the other. Let the car with the good battery be running. Below are some steps u should take;
- Carry the positive (red) clamp closest to the car with the good battery and hook it to the positive terminal of the car. The positive terminal will have a (+) sign on it and usually a red wire running to it.
- Do the same thing on the car with the bad battery, hooking up the positive clamp to the positive terminal on the dead battery. Make sure the clamps are contacting well and will not fall off.
- Carry the negative cable (black) closest to the car with the good battery and hook it to the negative terminal of the battery as you did to the positive in step one. The negative terminal will have a(-) sign and usually a black wire running to it.
- This happens to be the last step and the most important. Carry the negative clamp close to the car with the bad battery and clamp it to a bare metal part of the engine. N/B DO NOT hook it to the batteries (-)negative terminal as there maybe hydrogen gas present from the battery and a spark from the connection could trigger an explosion.
Then the job is done…… turn on the ignition of the dead car and the car should start. If it does not, revv the engine on the good car to increase the charge coming from the alternator. If this does not work, wiggle the cables to assure you have a good connection. A GOOD set of jumper cables are a necessity. I have had cheaper sets not jump start a dead car. I actually had to double up two cheap sets to get enough current to start my car. To ensure good results, buy a cable which has 4,6 or 8 gauge wire.