How to Jump-Start a Car

Jump Start a Car
Nothing’s more frustrating than when your vehicle just won’t start. When this happens, you most likely need a jump-start, car battery service, or something similar. Many people call a jump-start car service, but it can be good to know how to jump-start a car yourself. That’s why here at the Lindsay Volkswagen of Dulles service department, we want to teach you how to properly jump-start a car and get right back on Tysons Corner roads. Keep reading to learn more!

How to Properly Jump-Start a Car

Anyone can learn how to jump-start a car. Just follow these steps and you’ll be all set. Of course, if you decide you don’t want to after reading them, you can always call a jump-start car service to jump-start your car battery like AAA that serves the Springfield area or reach out to us for assistance. Without further ado, here are the steps:

  1. First, you’ll need to find two things: A set of jumper cables, and another vehicle that starts. A good way to get another vehicle is to ask a friend, family member, neighbor, or a kind stranger to help you.
  2. Once you have that, have the car with the good battery parked facing the other vehicle. Make sure both vehicles are off and have their parking brakes engaged.
  3. Open both hoods and find the batteries. You may need to remove a plastic hood to expose the battery terminals.
  4. Identify the positive and negative terminals. Make sure they’re clean and free of any corrosion.
  5. Connect the red clamp to the positive post on the dead battery.
  6. Uncoiling the battery cable, hook the other red clamp to the positive terminal of the battery with the charge.
  7. Connect the black clamp to the negative post on the good battery.
  8. For the final clamp, connect it to an unpainted metal surface on your car’s frame.
  9. Once everything is hooked up securely, start the engine of the vehicle with the good battery first, then the one with the dead battery.
  10. Once the dead vehicle has been jump-started, carefully remove the jumper cables in the reverse order that they were placed on, then shut off the car that was used to help jump-start the dead car.
  11. Keep the engine running on the restarted vehicle for at least 10 minutes to ensure that the weak battery doesn’t die again right away. Consult your owner’s manual for more info on recommended times.

Jump-Start Car Service With Volkswagen Roadside Assistance

All new and certified pre-owned Volkswagen vehicles come with complimentary Volkswagen Roadside Assistance. For new vehicles, it lasts for the first three years or 36,000 miles, whichever comes first. For certified pre-owned Volkswagen models, it’s often two years from the date of sale.

If you can’t get assistance from another driver or you’d rather a professional jump-start your Volkswagen for you, just call the Volkswagen Roadside Assistance phone number: (800) 411-6688. A Volkswagen professional will meet you where you are and jump-start your car for you, 24/7. If your car won’t jump-start, Roadside Assistance will give you complimentary towing to the nearest authorized dealership

More Battery Tips and Tricks

If your car won’t jump-start, the car battery won’t work, or you can’t figure out what’s wrong, it could be you need to replace your battery, or that you have a more serious problem. These steps will let you troubleshoot the issue:

  1. If you try and start the car but only hear a clicking sound, the starter might not be functioning. Schedule service at Lindsay Volkswagen of Dulles near Alexandria for a replacement.
  2. If the electrical systems of the car turn on, but the engine fails to turn over, the problem could be a number of issues. The ignition switch, battery, starter, or fuse could be the problem. It’s worth bringing your vehicle to a service center so they can diagnose the issue.
  3. Be sure to keep your vehicle running for a while after getting the jump. That allows the battery to recharge fully after it’s been drained.

You can Trust Lindsay Volkswagen of Dulles for Service

We hope that we’ve helped you learn how to properly jump-start a car! If you still have questions, contact us, and we’ll be happy to help. If you want more service tips and tricks, we also have that covered! Be sure to check our service specials as well, so that you can get a deal on your next battery change in Sterling!


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