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Jump Start

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No one likes a dead battery. You never need a jump start on a balmy morning when you have all the time in the world to call a friend, find your jumper cables, run through all the safety procedures, then hope for the best. Nope. Your car battery always seems to die at the worst time.

When your battery dies and you need a jump start, call us and we’ll be happy  to come give you safe, professional jump start. If you prefer to jump start your vehicle yourself, here is a generic how-to list. Always check your owner’s manual for vehicle-specific instructions and precautions before attempting to jump start your battery.

1. Position the two vehicles so their batteries are within jumper cable distance of one another, but do not allow the vehicles to touch.

2. On each vehicle:

  • Remove the key from the ignition. If either vehicle is equipped with a keyless ignition system, make sure the “smart fob” is at least 10 feet away from the vehicle before connecting the jumper cables.
  • Set the parking brake.
  • Turn off all factory electrical systems such as the lights, heater fan, radio, etc.
  • Disconnect any aftermarket electrical accessories such as cell phones, radar detectors, stereo amplifiers, etc.
3. Identify the positive and negative terminals on the discharged battery and the booster battery.

4. Connect the jumper cables in the following order to the specified locations:
  • Install one end of the positive jumper cable (red clamp) to the positive terminal of the discharged battery.
  • Install the other end of the positive jumper cable (red clamp) to the positive terminal of the booster battery.
  • Install one end of the negative jumper cable (black clamp) to the negative terminal of the booster battery.
  • Connect the other end of the negative jumper cable (black clamp) to a ground point on the vehicle with the discharged battery, such as the engine block or an accessory bracket, as far from the battery as possible. To prevent damage from sparks, never connect the negative jumper cable to the discharged battery.
5. Try to start the vehicle with the discharged battery. If the engine seems to be turning too slowly, stop cranking and start the other vehicle to avoid draining both batteries. Try to start the discharged vehicle again.

6. Once the vehicle starts:
  • Allow it to run at a high idle for 30 seconds or more.
  • Turn on the headlights and heater blower motor to provide an electrical path for any voltage spikes that may occur when disconnecting the jumper cables.
  • Remove the jumper cables in the reverse order of installation.
  • Turn off the headlights and heater blower motor.
When you call us for a jump start, we’ll bring everything you need—plus the expertise of our certified technicians. Also, we’re happy to help you avoid needing a jump start in extreme heat or cold. Simply bring your car or truck in for a battery test each spring and fall starting at your battery’s 2-year mark since most batteries last 3-5 years.

At AAA | Bob Sumerel Tire and Service, we’ll help you stay on top of vehicle maintenance and repair. Contact us online or call today to schedule your service at one of our convenient locations in and around the Cincinnati, OH, area.AAA | Bob Sumerel Tire & Service is proud to provide this service to our customers in Cincinnati, OH, Dayton, OH, Middletown, OH, and surrounding areas.

Contact us online or call today to schedule your service at one of our convenient locations in and around the Cincinnati area.

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