What to Do if Your Car Has a Dead Battery

Here at Dean’s Robinhood Towing, we understand that no one ever wants to have to deal with sudden car trouble, but we also know that it happens to everyone sooner or later, even if you are careful. For instance, you may someday find that your car’s battery has gone dead, and that you can no longer start your engine. In this article, we’ll go over what to do in that situation in order to stay safe and get your car up and running once more.

What to Do if Your Car Has a Dead Battery

The most common way to deal with a dead battery is to jump start it. To do this, you’ll need some jumper cables, and the help of another driver whose car battery is still working. (Do not attempt this method if your car battery is cracked or visibly leaking, but otherwise you are good to go.)

First, both you and your Good Samaritan should park your cars side by side and shut off your engines. Make sure to also engage your parking brakes. Then pop your hood and look at the car battery to find the positive and negative terminals–the positive one will be marked with a plus sign (+), the letters POS, or it will simply be larger than the negative terminal.

Attach one end of the red jumper cable to the positive terminal of your dead battery, then attach the other to the positive terminal of the other car’s battery. For the black jumper cable, attach one end to the negative terminal of the other car’s battery, then clip the other end to an unpainted metal surface on your car that isn’t near the battery, such as the metal piece that holds the hood open.

Once everything is attached, have the other driver start their engine and let it idle for a few minutes to charge the dead battery. They should also rev the engine a little above idle for about 60 seconds to generate more power for your battery. Then start your car–the battery should now have enough juice to power the starter and get your engine running again.