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When you’re driving, whether it’s across the country or to the next town over, you could run into a roadside problem. Most problems, like a dead battery or flat tire, you can take care of yourself. For major problems, it’s likely you’ll need to call for roadside assistance. A dead battery can strike at any moment so it’s best if you know how to jump start your car before you actually need to.

Before you begin, you’ll need a pair of jumper cables.
  1.  Park the assisting car about two feet away from your own. If the car has a manual transmission, put it in neutral and set the parking brake.
  2. Open the hoods and look over each battery for defects. If you find any, it’s time to call a professional to replace the battery.
  3. Identify the positive (red) and negative (black) battery terminals and jumper cables.
  4. Attach one end of the positive jumper cable to the dead battery’s positive terminal. Make sure it’s secure before moving on.
  5. Attach the other end of the positive jumper cable to the live battery’s positive terminal. Be very careful not to touch the terminal or you’ll be in for a shock.
  6. Take one end of the negative jumper cable and attach it to the live battery’s negative terminal.
  7. The other end of the negative cable should be attached to an unpainted piece of metal under the hood. Avoid the battery itself and look for engine bolts or a jumping post.
  8. Double check to make sure the cables are all securely attached and start the car with the live battery. Let it run for a few minutes and press the gas lightly.
  9. Start the car with the dead battery. If it starts, you’re good to go! If it doesn’t, give it a few more minutes or call a professional.

Remember to keep warm clothing in your car at all times as you never know when your battery will die. Good luck!

To learn more about Mitsubishi service visit the service professionals at Randall Mitsubishi in San Angelo, TX.

Service Hours

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Contact Information

801 W Avenue N
San Angelo, TX 76903
Phone: (325) 655-5631
Fax: (325) 658-5301
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