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Ramp Up Your Vehicle Now: 7 Simple Steps How

By Blake Jacobs

It is essential for any motorist to bring emergency tools in his car just like jump cables. Being sure these tools are at your disposal can help any motorist in the event that the vehicle runs out of battery. This generally happens if you have forgotten to switch off the lights of your automobile, resulting in your battery to drain. If you find yourself in this situation all you will be needing is a jump cable and a kind-hearted Samaritan to help you.

It goes to say that when you have jump cables, the next thing to do is to seek for a kind hearted driver who would stop so you could plug the jump cables into his vehicle’s working battery. To make it easier for you and the other car owner, it would be ideal if your jump cable is about 10 feet in length. This will provide you with more mobility in terms of connecting the cables with another automobile. You also must pay attention to small details just before you start full force into revving up your engine. Initially, before you do anything else, make sure the batteries are not frozen. It is very risky to ramp up your car if the batteries are frozen mainly because it could explode.

You need to take a look at the battery terminals. The terminals have to be clean and free of molds. Be careful that the molds do not reach your skin as it causes itching or skin irritation. You may also consider buying new batteries the moment you have jump started your vehicle. Seeing molds in your car’s batteries is similar to keeping stale bread in your fridge-it must be thrown and replaced. The battery casing must be crack-free. If there are, do not attempt to ramp up your vehicle; the batteries are beyond saving and you would just have to call any of the Portland auto repair shops to buy another one.

You will have better chances of jump starting your auto’s battery if not one of the above-mentioned scenarios are found. Now, don’t forget- the batteries have positive and negative terminals. Familiarize yourself of its location since jump cables are connected to specific charges. The positive terminal should be connected to some other positive terminal and the negative terminal must be connected to the grounded part or metal of the car. You should find a plus ( ) sign to indicate that the terminal holds a positive charge. Consequently, the uncovered portion of the battery will show the negative terminal that is corded by one black cable.

The engine ignitions of both automobiles have to be turned off before the jump cables are linked to the batteries. Then, you have to connect the jump cable to the positive terminal of the dead battery. After that, bring that same line of cable and put it to the positive terminal of the new battery. Then, clip the end of another cable to the negative terminal of the active battery. The tail of that cord should then be connected to any metal ground of the drained battery. Do not forget that we are not talking about the negative terminal of that battery. It is any unpainted and plain metal surface area near the dead battery. Bear in mind not to smoke while doing this.

The jump starting has to start up by activating the engine of the ‘charged’ car. Give it around five minutes then start the automobile with the dead batteries. If the automobile does not start up have one or two seconds just before trying again. If you still get hold of nothing, might as well have your automobile towed and make an order for a brand new battery. If it starts, then simply you are one lucky guy. While trying to keep both vehicles running, take away the jump cables in reverse order. This means that you dispose of the clamp from the metal ground or engine block, then the negative clamp from the assisting vehicle. You then proceed to removing the positive clamp from the assisting vehicle and lastly, the positive clamp from your vehicle.

Lastly, don’t forget to show heartfelt gratitude to the kind-hearted Samaritan who assisted you. It would not hurt to give him or her cup of coffee or some treats in the local deli. Your offer will probably be declined but kindness must always beget kindness.

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