Monthly Archives: March 2011

A Jump Start for Good Measure

Junk cars, used for years by their previous owners, aren’t exactly in their prime condition. So, sometimes there are hitches in the engine. There are times when the car simply won’t start, and this is a cause for concern, especially if the owner is set to go to an important function. A jump start should take care of the problem. However, take note that it isn’t as easy as the method depicted in action movies.

To perform a jump start, one would need a bunch of equipment. They are quite easy to procure, so there’s no need to spend money for junk car equipment.

  • Car battery (from a different vehicle)
  • Jumper cables
  • Gloves
  • Safety goggles/glasses

With all the materials secured, it’s time to bring the engine to life. Position the second vehicle close to the junk car, close enough to accommodate the jumper cables. Open the hoods of both vehicles, and then wear the safety gear.

Before affixing the jumper cables, the positive and negative ports of both batteries should be identified. The positive port is often colored red and has a plus sign (+), while the black-colored negative port is represented by a minus sign (-). The jumper cables are color coordinated – red for positive, black for negative – so hooking them up would be easy.

Connect the jumper cables to their respective ports, with the negative ones going first. Once the cables are hooked up, start the engine of the vehicle with a working battery, and allow it to run for about two minutes, enough time for the power to run through the cables. Start the junk car. After one or a few tries, the engine should be prepped up for action.

Just to be safe, bringing the car straight to a repair shop after a jump start comes as a good idea. Some junk cars, in this scenario, would need a new battery or a checkup on the engine.

As for those who spent money for junk car booster box, there is no need for a second vehicle. The box, once activated, will serve as the second battery, making the process a lot easier.