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How to jump start your car if the cold kills your battery


Eau Claire (WQOW) - Car batteries are caving to the subzero temperatures. Which makes knowing how to properly jump start your car important. Steve Goss from Hillcrest Truck and Auto walked us through the process.

First you need jumper cables, your dead car, and a car that runs. Be sure to never touch the clamps of the jumper cables together when they are connected to any battery.

The first step is to connect the red clamp to the red terminal on the dead battery. Next you connect the other red clamp to the red terminal on the good battery.

Staying with the good battery you connect the black clamp to the black terminal. Moving to the dead battery you connect the other black cable to a heavy piece of metal on the engine of the car. You don't want to connect it to the dead battery because it could cause sparks which could ignite any flammable gases near by.

Once you have all the cables connected you can start up the good car. Once it is started you should wait about five minutes to allow the dead battery to charge.

After five minutes you can start the dead car. If it starts then you should let it run for a few minutes to allow a little extra charging time.  

If it doesn't start try waiting again then starting it again. If that doesn't work you may need to call an auto shop for help.

Once the dead car is running you can disconnect the black clamp from the dead car. Then move to the good car and remove the black clamp followed by the red clamp. After that you can remove the red clamp from the dead battery and you're all set.

Goss says that if you are unsure of how to jump start your car you can read the owners manual or call an auto shop to come start it.

Watch the video version of this story for a demonstration.  

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