How To Jump Start A Car With Jumper Cables

Jumpers-e1391215541702You left your car lights on and now you go to start your car and nothing happens. Maybe a slow turn over then you hear a bunch of clicks. This is when you need to jump start your car battery.  Here’s how to jump start a car with jumper cables.

BTW.  This is not difficult.  There is one all important safety rule however, that I will go into more in this post.

Jump Starting Your Car

With this tried and true method you need another running vehicle.  Which often means flagging someone down and asking them for a jump start.  This is the exact reason I carry a portable jump starter in my car.  You might want to carry one too.

These are two portable jump starters that I like and use. The Powerall Portable Jump Stater and [easyazon_link asin=”B000JFJLP6″ locale=”US” new_window=”default” tag=”carbattery0e-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” nofollow=”default” popups=”default”]The Clore JNC660 ‘Jump-N-Carry’ Jump Starter.[/easyazon_link] Both are good choices.



There is one all important safety rule that you must understand and follow.  If anyone is helping you jump start your car, please insist that they follow this safety tip as well

Always make the very last connection the negative cable and attach it to a sturdy metal part of the car frame or body. After the car starts always make that negative cable the first you disconnect.




Road Side Assistance


So, Here is the Proper Way to Jump Start Your Car.



After you drive the vehicle for a while, for example drive it back home, and if all you did was leave the lights on, the battery should be fine.

If the next day you find the battery dead again you may have other issues going on.  You can check my post; Warning Signs of a Bad Alternator – Or Bad Battery,  and How to Test a Car Battery for things to check and to look for.


Got A Story?

Do you have any stories of when you had to jump start your car?   Why not leave a comment in the comment section?  You can post any questions too.



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Edward Verheyden

Edward Verheyden is the founder of  He has a 30+ year mechanical background and is the main reviewer here.  He lives in San Diego CA with is wife and two daughters.



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  • anna says:

    I’ve had my battery die a few times, but have been lucky enough to have other people help me along the way. I guess it’s time to learn!!!!

    • eddie says:

      It is frustrating when your won’t start. Thankfully, there always seems to be people around who are willing to help! Thanks for sharing.

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