How To Jump start Your Car (Using a Booster Pack)? By providing much-needed electricity to the engine’s ignition system, the car battery is crucial to even starting your vehicle. What if it is a cold winter morning and your battery does not comply with your desire to get started and get going? You can jump start it using a booster pack.
Important Preliminary Notes
- By generating sulfuric acid, the lead plates have something to react with inside the automotive battery and electricity is the result.
- One chemical side-substance made during this process is hydrogen gas, which can be quite volatile not to mention flammable; oxygen is also given off. This is why you hear so many requests for caution when it comes to working with car batteries, especially during the charging phase.
- Not only do you need to be safe from the sulfuric acid content inside batteries, you also need to take every measure to avoid sparking or igniting the hydrogen gas. Wearing eye, face, and hand protection is essential not optional; even if you are a seasoned automotive expert.
- If you happen to be a smoker, keep that cigarette or cigar away from the battery when you open the hood to perform repairs or maintenance.
- On the car battery’s upper lid, you will notice circular nodes. These are called vent caps and should not be removed or meddled with if you do not know what you are doing.
- The work area should be ideally ventilated and when you are ready to boost, charge, or test the battery avoid leaning over it.
- If your battery falls flat, you have two options to rely on for jumpstarting it. You can use either a booster pack or jumpstart your vehicle using power from another car. If neither works, call a professional.
- Always carry a booster pack. Being able to start your car quickly in emergencies, especially when another car is not around, have rendered these devices worthy.
- There will be particular data pertaining to your car and its battery inside the vehicle’s user manual; always a good idea to take a look.
- The pack’s cables and end terminals should be able to reach your car’s discharged battery without being stretched too thin. Position the pack accordingly.
- Red is positive and black is negative. Link up the red terminal to its appropriate charging node on the battery, which will also be marked red. As for the black terminal, hook it to an unpainted metal bolt or component on one of the machine parts in the chassis (under the hood and nearby).
- A booster pack is supremely safe owing to indicator lights and even alarms that tell you if you have wrongly linked the terminals. Needless to say, do not attempt the jumpstart (do not start the engine) if something is awry.
- Some booster packs auto-energize the clamps if it records proper placement while other packs come with an on/off switch for you to manually turn the pack on.
- When everything is ready, try starting your car from the driver’s seat; turn on the ignition. If the car does not immediately start, wait three minutes and try the ignition again.
- Upon a successful jumpstart, remove the black terminal first after turning the booster pack off. Then take out the red terminal.
- You need to recharge the pack later. Aside from ensuring a good lifespan a charged booster pack will also rise to a consequent emergency.
Go back later and have your car battery checked out. You need to learn why it went flat in the first place. Your battery may need to be repaired ro replaced. Do not go on driving as if nothing happened.