Step by step instructions on how to jump start an automotive battery. This
article pertains to all vehicles.
Difficulty Scale: 2 of 10Tool and Supplies Needed
Battery jumper cables.
Protective eye wear and gloves
Park the vehicle or place a charged battery that will be used as the jumper near the front of the car that is going to be jumped
started, engine "OFF". (CAUTION: Never connect positive and negative terminals
with a conductive object such as a wrench. Also, never connect the positive
battery terminal to any body, chassis or engine parts or allow jumper cable ends
to connect to each other or the vehicle body or engine at any time.)
Step 1 - Locate the negative battery terminal
on the charged and dead battery. These terminals are smaller in diameter than
the positive terminals and should have a (-) annotation.