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Here at Helfman Chrysler Dodge Jeep® RAM, we never want our customers to find themselves stranded on the road with a dead battery. That’s why our Dodge service team has put together this quick guide explaining the ins and outs of jumping a car battery. 

How to Jump a Dead Battery 

To jump a dead battery in your Dodge vehicle, follow these five steps: 

  1. Start by parking two vehicles with the hoods facing one another. Make sure that the two vehicles aren’t touching each other. 
  2. Turn off both vehicles, pop open the hoods, and remove the battery terminal covers. If you see any corrosive gunk on either battery’s terminal, take a moment to clean it off as best you can. 
  3. Next, attach your jumper cables. First, clamp the red positive (+) cable onto the dead battery’s red positive (+) terminal. Then, connect the other red positive cable onto the working vehicle’s red positive terminal, followed by the black negative (-) clamp on the black negative (-) terminal of the working vehicle’s battery. The last thing you want to do is place the black negative clamp onto a large, unpainted metal surface on the vehicle with the dead battery. 
  4. Once everything is hooked up correctly, start the vehicle with the working battery, followed by the vehicle with the dead battery. It should start right up, at which point you should let the vehicles run for three to five minutes. 
  5. Without turning off the jumped vehicle, remove the cables in the opposite order in which they were placed on the vehicle. 

What to Do When You Need a New Battery 

If your vehicle doesn't start after you try jumping it, we suggest driving to our nearby Dodge car dealership in Houston, TX to have your battery replaced. Our service techs can replace your dead battery quickly so you can have a working battery again for future trips! 

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