Dead Battery

20 Aug Dead Battery

Almost everyone has likely experienced it: Get behind the wheel, putt the key into the ignition, turn it, and nothing happens. Dead battery. It’s a bummer of situation, and there are few things more frustrating. And if you have the right tools, equipment, and experience you should be able to easily jump start the battery. But, if you don’t know the required tools, or if you don’t know how to charge a battery, you don’t want to wind up stuck, away or at home, with a dead battery. Here’s a few of the things you’ll need, and the steps required to get charge (Or replace) a dead battery.

Two tools everyone needs to jump start a battery are a power source, either a healthy fully-functioning vehicle or an independent charger, and a set of jumper cables. If you have these tools then you’ll want to park the operational vehicle near the debilitated one—jumper cables have a limited reach—then place the red (positive) cable to the positive terminal on the charged battery, then the opposing red cable to the terminal on the dead battery.

Place the black cable to the grounded terminal on the charged battery and then the black cable to the grounded terminal on the dead battery. Turn on the engine in the healthy vehicle and allow it to run idle for several minutes. When several minutes have passed turn the key in the dead car’s ignition to check. If it’s running, continue to allow it to run, the battery will charge while the vehicle runs (Allow it to run idle for a few minutes before you drive it on the road). Once the dead battery is operational, remove the cables in the reverse order.

Hopefully you never find yourself stranded without a dead battery, but if you ever do hopefully you will have the tools you need and the experience to be able to use them. And to keep your vehicle working efficiently, you have the help of your experienced mechanic at Willard’s Garage.

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