How to Jump-Start a Car

Every driver should have an emergency jumper cable ready to use in their vehicle. One day you may find yourself stuck in the middle of the road with a dead battery. Luckily, jump-starting your car is not as difficult as it seems. If you find your vehicle regularly dead along the side of the road, it’s time to bring your vehicle into your closest Destination automotive dealership for a repair.

Safety precautions to keep in mind before you start:

  • Do not jump start a battery if it looks damaged or if it’s leaking
  • Keep loose clothing away
  • Keep children away
  • Make sure both vehicle’s ignition, lights and accessories are switched off

Follow our 5 steps on how to safely jump-start a car:

Step 1:jumpstart_car_body_image_1Have both vehicles parked closely face to face or side to side, make sure the cars are not touching each other. Open the hood of each car to locate the batteries and its terminal (refer to your owner’s manual for battery location).

Step 2:

Connect the red end of the cable to the positive (+) terminal of the dead battery. Next, connect the other end of the red cable to the positive (+) terminal of the good battery.

Step 3:
Now connect the black end of the cable to the negative (-) terminal of the good battery.Lastly, connect the other end of the black cable to an unpainted metal surface of the dead car. Make sure it’s several inches away from your battery.

This is what the cables should look like:


Note: Make sure the red and black cables do not touch each other while connected to a battery. Do not let the cables touch any metal surface.

Step 4:
Start the engine of the working vehicle and let it run for a couple minutes. Attempt to start the engine of the dead battery and let it run for a few minutes. Once your car is running, it’s time to disconnect the cables.

Note: If the car won’t start, turn off both engines and check that the cables are properly connected. If the car still won’t start, you may need to install a new battery.

Step 5:
Disconnect the jumper cables in reverse order, starting with the black, negative cable. Lastly, leave the engine running or drive your car for around 30 minutes to allow the battery to recharge.

For any questions or concerns, visit us at any of our six dealerships to speak to our highly trained Service Advisors today.

Destination Chrysler
1600 Marine Drive,
North Vancouver, BC
Service: (604) 990-4364
Destination Toyota
4451 Still Creek Drive,
Burnaby, BC
Service: (604) 571-4399
Kingsway Honda
368 Kingsway,
Vancouver, BC
Service: (604) 874-6632
Destination Honda
4278 Lougheed Highway,
Burnaby, BC
Service: (604) 294-6632
Destination Mazda
1595 Boundary Rd,
Vancouver, BC
Service: (604) 291-9666

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