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How to Jump-Start a Car

When it comes to new and used vehicles, there’s no better Boerne dealership than Ancira Buick GMC. We’re not just providing you with a great selection to drive around Comfort, we want to answer all your auto-related questions. One of the most common questions San Antonio drivers have asked has been, “How to jump-start my car?” At the same time, many customers ask us, “How to jump-start a Sierra?” or one of their GMC trucks.

If you want to know the answer to “How to jump-start my car?” read this guide below from the service staff at Ancira Buick GMC. For more auto-related questions, call us at (830) 266-5210 or reach out online.

The Proper Way to Jump-Start a Car

Whether it’s how to jump-start a Sierra or another one of our GMC trucks, it’s always a good idea to try jump-starting your car, before calling for roadside assistance. To jumpstart your vehicle, you will need another person and their vehicle, alongside a set of jumper cables. Once you have access to both, here are the steps to jump-starting your car outside of Kerrville:

  1. Face the two vehicles with their batteries facing one another. Since the batteries are located near the engines, they’ll usually face hood-hood. Some foreign cars, however, have their batteries in the trunk. Once you’ve parked the vehicles, turn them off and set your parking brakes. 
  2. Gain access to your batteries. Remember, you might need to remove a plastic hood to expose the battery terminals. 
  3. Find the positive and negative battery terminals. Make sure they’re clean and free of any corrosion or dirt.
  4. Take stock of your cables and separate the red ends from the black ends. You never want them to touch, as they will spark. Next, connect your red clamp to the positive post on the dead battery. 
  5. Uncoil the battery cable, and hook the other red clamp to the battery’s positive terminal with the charge.
  6. Connect the black clamp to the negative post on the good battery.
  7. Connect the last black clamp to a grounded, unpainted metal surface on your car’s frame.
  8. Once everything is hooked up and connected, start your vehicle’s engine with the good battery. You may try to start the engine right away, but it’s probably a good idea to let the car with the good battery run for a while, then try starting the engine of the other vehicle. 
  9. Once your dead vehicle has been successfully jump-started, carefully remove your jumper cables in the reverse order that they were placed on, and keep the other vehicle running.
  10. Make sure to keep your engine running on the restarted vehicle for at least ten minutes to ensure that the weak battery doesn’t die again right away. Consult your Buick, GMC owner’s manual for more information on recommended times. It’s also important to get your battery tested/and or replaced ASAP!

Turn to Ancira Buick GMC for More DIY Car Care Tips

Now that you have an answer to “How to jump-start my car? or “How to jump-start a Sierra?” turn to Ancira Buick GMC for anything auto-related. Beyond checking out our GMC trucks and other vehicles, we can help with all your service needs. Whether it’s tires, an oil change, or ordering parts, we’re the Boerne dealership San Antonio Buick, GMC owners turn to! Experience what Ancira Buick GMC can provide for your Comfort drive!

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