What to Do If You Have a Flat Car Battery

You’re late for work, you run out to your car only to find it won’t start, your car battery is dead. Here are some tips on dealing with a flat car battery.

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Check the Battery

You may have left the lights on overnight or there could be a more serious issue with your battery. The first thing you should do is pop the hood and inspect the battery, if it is cracked or leaking battery acid, don’t attempt to jump start your car.

If your battery needs replacing, you’ll have to visit trusted car servicing in Sutton Coldfield to have your battery removed and swapped with a new one. You’ll put yourself in danger if you try to jump your car when the battery is badly damaged.

Jump Start

If you are stuck and you can’t get to a garage, ask a neighbour, family member or friend to help you jump start your vehicle.

  • Park the car nose to nose or parallel to another car and open the bonnet.
  • Get out your jump leads and connect the red end to the positive node on the dead battery. Then connect the other end of the red lead to the positive node on the live battery.
  • The same applies for the black lead except you are connecting it to the negative node on each of the batteries.
  • Start the engine and let the car run for about 10 minutes to charge the battery.

When jumping your car, be very careful with the leads. Once attached, don’t touch them when the engine is turned on.

 

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