BATTERY BOOSTS FROM BAYVIEW AUTO TOWING
Parking the front of our truck near the front of your stopped vehicle, our technicians will open the hoods of each vehicle to safely and properly connect the booster cables to each battery. The whole process should only take 5 – 10 minutes, but if your car hasn’t been driven for more than 6 months it could take up to 30 minutes of charging before the battery can properly start. Even if the boost takes a long time, our technicians are prepared to wait, watch and make sure the entire process goes smoothly.
HOW TO ATTACH BOOSTER CABLES
If a friend has come to save the day and you’re boosting your car without a professional, it’s very important to make sure that the booster cables are attached correctly, otherwise the battery could explode. Remember to match negative to negative and positive to positive, and alternate which car gets connected to the booster cables. You’ll want to make sure that the connectors never touch each other, and don’t let your body touch either vehicle while you’re making the connections. It’s considered best to start the helper car after making the cable connections, but when it’s extremely cold most people keep the car running the entire time. To jump start your car you’ll need to:
- Attach first red connector to the dead battery’s positive (+) lead.
- Attach second red connector to the positive lead on the good battery.
- While still at the good battery, attach black clamp to the negative (-) battery lead. If it isn’t accessible, you can clamp it to any solid, bare metal portion of the engine block.
- Finally, attach the final black connector to any bare metal part of the engine block (like the hood of the car) that is far away from the battery on the car that’s being boosted.
You’ll want the battery to charge for several minutes before attempting to start it. While waiting, whether with a friend or with the professionals from Bayview Towing, the running car can be revved to send more energy to the dead battery. Once you are able to start your car, disconnect the booster cables in reverse order, starting with the black clamp on the car that had been dead.