The winter is approaching, which means that it’s a good time to make sure that your car and all of its parts are in top shape. One particularly important component to keep an eye on is the battery, which helps your car start. Our Dodge service center personnel can make sure that it’s holding a charge and free from corrosion.

However, you can still run into issues if the temperature drops and your battery dies. That’s why you should also know how to jump-start your car, just in case.

Jumping Your Car

If you try to start up your car and realize that the battery is dead, you’ll need to jump-start it. You need jumper cables and another car with a battery that’s in working order.

  1. Park the cars so that their batteries are close together but leave some room between them.
  2. Turn off both vehicles.
  3. Pop the hoods.
  4. Attach one of the red clips from the jumper cables to the positive terminal on your battery.
  5. Attach the other red clip to the positive terminal of the other car’s battery.
  6. Attach a black clip to the other vehicle’s negative terminal.
  7. Attach the last black clip to an unpainted metal surface of your car, far away from the battery.
  8. Start the working vehicle and let the engine run for a bit. Five minutes should be sufficient.
  9. Start up your vehicle!

Once you’re up and about, make sure that you drive around for a while, like 15 minutes. Turning your car off right away can cause the battery to die again!

For All of Your Winter Car Maintenance Needs

If you want to make sure that the battery in your new Dodge car is in good shape this season, visit I.G. Burton Chrysler Dodge Jeep® RAM of Milford. Our mechanics are standing by, ready to assist you!