How to Jump-Start a Car

Jumper Cables

If your car won’t start, you’ll have to jump-start the car battery so you can get back on the road to Norman. We’ll walk you through how to properly jump-start a car and what to do when your car won’t jump-start. We’ll even send over a jump-start car service, or worst-case scenario, tow service, free of charge if your Toyota is covered under our warranty.


The Proper Way to Jump-Start a Car

Before you begin, you’ll need jumper cables and another vehicle with a working battery. If you’re unable to flag someone near Edmond, you can call AAA for assistance. Once you have everything you need, follow the instructions below.

How to Jump-Start a Car:

  1. Park the car with the good battery facing the vehicle with the bad battery. Make sure the vehicle is turned off, and then engage the parking brake.
  2. Pop the hood of both vehicles and locate the batteries. Remove the plastic hood to expose the battery terminals.
  3. Identify the positive and negative terminals and wipe off any corrosion before proceeding to the next step.
  4. Attach the red clamp to the dead battery’s positive side terminal.
  5. Uncoil the battery cable and hook the other red clamp to the negative terminal of the good battery.
  6. Attach the black clamp to the negative terminal of the good battery.
  7. Connect the last clamp to an unpainted metal surface on your vehicle’s frame.
  8. When everything is correctly hooked up, start the engine of the vehicle with the good battery first, then the vehicle with the dead battery.
  9. Once you’ve successfully jump-started the dead battery, unplug the cables in reverse order to the way you put them on. Then turn on the engine of the jump-started vehicle.
  10. Run the engine for at least ten minutes before attempting to drive back home to Shawnee. Recommended wait times vary by model so check your owner’s manual for more information on jump-starting your vehicle.

Jump-Start Car Service With Toyota Roadside Assistance

Now that you know the proper way to jump-start a car, schedule an appointment at Post Oak Toyota service center to get your Toyota battery checked out. New Toyota vehicles come with a comprehensive vehicle warranty that will cover the cost of Toyota Roadside Assistance if you’re still within the warranty period. To keep taking advantage of the great benefits Toyota warranties offer, considering adding an extended warranty to enjoy coverage for as long as you own your Toyota.

Schedule Service at Post Oak Toyota

Post Oak Toyota service center is here to help you with all your service needs, be it a Toyota battery replacement or oil change. Don’t hesitate to contact our service center with any questions. Browse our service specials for deals on routine maintenance.

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