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How to Jump Start a Car

Person Jump Starting A Car

If you find yourself on the Baytown road, and your car won’t start, it’s likely that you need to jump-start your car battery. If you’re not sure how to jump-start a car, the service department at Baytown Nissan has put together a handy guide to help you know all of the in’s and out’s of jump-starting a car. Let Baytown Nissan help you get back on the road!


Jump-Start a Car Battery Step-by-Step

Before you jump-start your Nissan battery, you’ll need a set of jumper cables and another vehicle nearby. If you don’t have any of these, you can call AAA or a local La Porte jump-start service, and they will arrive with the proper tools. Once you are ready, here is what you’ll need to do: 

  1. Park the other car in front of your vehicle, and turn the other car off. 
  2. Open the hoods of both cars and locate the batteries for each vehicle. 
  3. On each battery, locate the positive and negative terminals. Make sure they are clean and corrosion-free. 
  4. Connect the red clamp of the jumper cable to the positive terminal on the dead battery. 
  5. Hook the other red clamp of the cable to the positive terminal of the good battery. 
  6. Put the black clamp of the cable on the negative terminal of the good battery. 
  7. Connect the final black clamp to the negative terminal on your car battery. 
  8. Once everything is hooked up, start the engine of the vehicle with the good battery. Wait a few minutes and then start up the other engine. 
  9. Once the vehicle has been successfully jump-started, go ahead and unclamp all of the cables in the opposite order in which you put them on. 
  10. For the restarted vehicle, keep the engine running for at least 10 minutes to ensure the engine doesn’t die again. For more specific times, you can consult your owner’s manual. 

Nissan Roadside Assistance

If you’re stuck on the Liberty roads, you can call Nissan Roadside Assistance at 1-800-225-2476. Just tell them your location and vehicle information, and a service team will promptly arrive for assistance. If your car won’t jump-start when they arrive, they can tow your vehicle to the nearest authorized dealership for service. 

More Tips & Tricks

If you find that your car won’t jump-start, you may need a battery replacement or more serious repair. To help find out what could be wrong, take the following steps: 

  1. If the car only makes a slight clicking sound when you try to start it, the starter may not be working. 
  2. If the electrical systems turn on but the engine doesn’t, this could be an indicator of multiple problems. 
  3. After you jump-start your car, leave it running for around 10 minutes. This will help the battery recharge after it’s been drained. 

To help get service for more serious repair or a battery replacement, schedule a service with Baytown Nissan. 

Get Back on the Road with Baytown Nissan

Now that you know how to jump-start a car, you’ll be better equipped if you get stuck on the side of the Baytown road. Whether you need to jump-start your Nissan car battery, a battery replacement, or more serious repair, contact us to get service you can trust!

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