How to Jump Start Your Car

Posted by Pekin Insurance on Jun 28, 2016

Whether you left your lights on, your battery is super old, or you’re just being a good Samaritan, jumping a car is an essential skill to learn if you own a car. Just make sure you’ve always got a pair of jumper cables handy in your car.



Step 1: Park the donor car close to the dead car, but make sure they are not touching. Also, make sure the ignition is turned off in both cars. 

Step 2: Hook up the jumper cables to the batteries in order of 1-2-3-4. DO NOT connect the 4th clamp to the battery. Find an unpainted metal surface on your car that is not too close to the battery, and have the 4th clamp connect to or touch the metal.

Tips:  1) always start and end with the dead car  2) positivity always comes before negativity 


Step 3: Start the donor car and let the engine run for a minute or two. Then, try to start the dead car. If the dead car starts, move on to step 4. If the car still does not start, try steps 2 and 3 again. 

Step 4: Once the dead car is running, you can disconnect the jumper cables. Remove the cables in reverse order as you connected them. DO NOT let the clamps touch each other while any part of the cables is still attached to a car.

Step 5: Once the dead car starts, do not shut off the engine! Drive for at least 15 minutes to allow your battery to recharge. If the car won't start the next time you use it, the battery isn't holding a charge and needs to be replaced.

Step 6: Print these steps and store them in your glove compartment for quick reference. Also, store safety items like gloves, safety glasses, flashlight, and reflective triangles in your car.


Are you still having trouble or don’t have access to jumper cables?  If you are a Pekin Insurance policyholder, all you have to do is contact Pekin Insurance’s 24/7 Roadside Assistance.

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