Car Won't Start?
Are you turning the key and nothing happens? Do you hear a clicking noise? It could be your battery. We have the equipment and the expertise to get your battery started so you can be on your way. There are a variety of conditions that can affect your car battery, but if they are too low to start your car, they can usually be started when connected to an external power source. Once they are started, they will begin charging with your car's alternator so that you can get to an auto parts store or mechanic and get your battery replaced. If you are experiencing a dead or low battery, call us to help! We make the process quick and easy.
How to Jump Off a Dead Battery
If your car has a dead battery, you can jumpstart it by using a jump box or jumper cables. Follow these steps to safely jump off a car battery:
1. Park the donor vehicle next to the disabled vehicle. Make sure both vehicles are turned off and in park.
2. Open the hoods of both vehicles and identify the batteries. On most cars, the battery is located near the front of the engine compartment on the passenger side.
3. Connect one end of the positive (red) jumper cable to the positive terminal of the dead battery. Then connect the other end of the positive cable to the positive terminal of the good battery.
4. Connect one end of the negative (black) jumper cable to the negative terminal of the good battery. Then connect the other end of the negative cable to a metal ground on the disabled vehicle, such as a bolt on engine block or frame. Avoid touching any moving parts or exposed wires while doing this.
5. Start up the donor vehicle and let it run for five minutes before starting up your disabled car. This will give enough time for power to transfer from one battery to another so your car will start up successfully later on
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Troubleshooting Common Car Battery Problems
If your car battery won't hold a charge, it's probably time for a new one. But before you buy a new battery, it's important to troubleshoot the problem to make sure that's really what the issue is. Here are some common car battery problems and how to troubleshoot them:
1. Check the Battery Terminals: The first thing you should do if your car battery won't hold a charge is check the terminals. Make sure they're clean and tight. If they're corroded, you can clean them with a wire brush or replace them entirely.
2. Check the Alternator: If the terminals are fine, the next step is to check the alternator. A faulty alternator can cause your car battery to drain quickly. To test the alternator, start the car and then turn on all the lights, radio, etc. If the battery dies quickly, it's likely that the alternator is to blame.
3. Check for Loose Wires: Another possible cause of a draining battery is loose wires. Check all of the wires going to and from the battery to make sure they're tight and secure.
4. Take It to a Mechanic: If you've tried all of these things and your car battery still won't hold a charge, it's time to take it to a mechanic for further diagnosis.