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How to Jump-Start a Car

Jumper Cables

 

If you find that your vehicle won’t start, you may need a jump-start, car battery service, or something similar. Learn how to jump-start a car from our service team at Hello Mazda of Valencia and you’ll be ready to get your vehicle back on Santa Clarita roads in no time. Need a battery replacement? Our team can help with that as well.

 

The Proper Way to Jump-Start a Car

In order to jump-start your vehicle, you’ll need jumper cables and another vehicle. You can also call a jump-start car service like AAA if you don’t want to attempt this yourself. Once you’ve got that settled, you can follow these steps:

  1. Have the car with the good battery park facing the other vehicle, then make sure that the vehicle is turned off. Check to make sure both parking brakes are engaged.
  2. Open both hoods and find the batteries. You may need to remove a plastic hood to expose the battery terminals.
  3. Identify the positive and negative terminals. Make sure they’re clean and free of any corrosion.
  4. Connect the red clamp to the positive post on the dead battery.
  5. Uncoiling the battery cable, hook the other red clamp to the positive terminal of the battery with the charge.
  6. Connect the black clamp to the negative post on the good battery.
  7. For the final clamp, connect it to an unpainted metal surface on your car’s frame.
  8. Once everything is hooked up securely, start the engine of the vehicle with the good battery first, then the one with the dead battery.
  9. Once the dead vehicle has been jump-started, carefully remove the jumper cables in the reverse order that they were placed on, then shut off the car that was used to help jump-start the dead car.
  10. Keep the engine running on the restarted vehicle for at least 10 minutes to ensure that the weak battery doesn’t die again right away. Consult your owner’s manual for more info on recommended times.

Jump-Start Car Service With Mazda Roadside Assistance

Most new vehicles come with roadside assistance coverage for the first few years of ownership. If you can’t get assistance from another driver and prefer a professional to handle your jump-start, just call the Roadside Assistance phone number for 24/7 assistance. Our service experts will be on the way to meet you at your location for a jump-start.

More Battery Tips and Tricks

Notice your vehicle won’t jump-start? You may be in need of a battery replacement. This could also be a sign of a more serious issue. Here are a few steps you can take to troubleshoot the problem:

  1. If you try to start the car but only hear a clicking sound, the starter might not be functioning. Schedule service at Hello Mazda of Valencia near Valencia for a replacement.
  2. If the electrical systems of the car turn on, but the engine fails to turn over, the problem could be a number of issues. The ignition switch, battery, starter, or a fuse could be the problem. It’s worth bringing your vehicle to a service center so they can diagnose the issue.
  3. Be sure to keep your vehicle running for a while after getting the jump. That allows the battery to recharge fully after it’s been drained.

Turn to Hello Mazda of Valencia for Service

No matter if you’re in need of a new battery or an oil change, our team at Hello Mazda of Valencia near Sylmar can help. Check out our online services as well as contact our team to learn more.

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