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How To Jumpstart Your Car
A how-to guide to jumpstart your vehicle in the event of a dead battery. You'll need jumper cables, safety glasses, and a properly starting car.
How to Deal With a Dead Battery
If your battery appears to be dead, try a few steps to start your car before determining if it needs to be replaced or towed.
How to Use Jumper Cables
It's disheartening when you settle into the driver's seat ready to go to work or visit friends, turn the key...
4 Essential Things to Know About Jumper Cables
You may think that all jumper cables are the same, but nothing could be further from the truth! Finding those jumper cables in the bargain bin may seem like a great idea at the...
What Essentials Do I Need to Keep in My Car?
Many of us think of “car essentials” as those items we always keep stocked in our center consoles and door pockets, like chapstick, napkins, and phone chargers. But there are a...
How to Jumpstart a Car
When you car battery dies, you car will not start. To get the car moving again, you need to “jump” your car using jumper cables that help conduct electricity from another vehicle, which...
How to Start a Car in Cold Weather
Battery, oil, and fuel problems can make a car difficult to start in cold weather. Find out how to prevent starting issues related to weather.
How to Charge a Car Battery
In an age where it seems every moment is tied to a schedule, the last thing you need is to find yourself stranded when your car doesn't crank due to...
The Do's and Don'ts of Jumpstarting a Car
Knowing how to jumpstart a car is a skill all drivers should have. Always ground the circuit and connect the jumper cables to the proper terminals.
How to Fix a Car That Won’t Start
Having a car that doesn't start is frustrating. Try a battery test, fuel pump test, and check the spark plugs to help get your car started again.
10 Best Miniature Jumper Packs For Your Car
Jumper cables and jumper packs charge your car battery when it needs a boost. The NOCO Genius Boost Plus is the best spark-proof, miniature pack.

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Can a car jump start with a bad fuel pump?
Jump starting due to a bad battery will not make a bad fuel pump start working. I would recommend replacing a bad battery and then doing a thorough diagnosis of the fuel system to diagnose the fuel pump not working....
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I jump started my car and now it won't stay running.
When you hook the jumper cables up backwards, it only takes an instant to do a lot of damage. The electronics on modern cars are very sensitive to voltage surge. Any or all of the Electronic modules may be damaged....
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No crank no start no shift. AC blower and cruise control not working. All dash lights on. Can jump 12v to crank fuse and start
Hi there. I think you are on the right track. If you have good fuses both under the hood, and at the internal fuse panel, but don't have 12 volt "supply" voltage to the fuses, there is quite likely a...
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Won't start - 2007 Nissan Murano
Hello there, you have several issues going on with your 2007 Nissan Murano. No-start issues are common and the most likely causes are the battery, starter, fuel pump, ignition switch, battery terminals or the battery cables. Given that your...
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I can't figure out why my car won't turn over without a jump even though the battery is fully charged.
If the engine cranks fine as soon as you connect jumper cables then you most likely have corrosion on the inside of the battery clamps where they touch the battery post. You should disconnect each battery clamp and clean them....
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My engine keeps shutting off what is the problem?
Hello. Your symptoms lead me to believe there is an issue with the charging system. If the battery is dead when the vehicle stalls, it means it is either not holding a charge, or the alternator is not generating energy...
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Car won't start - 1989 Pontiac 6000
Hi there. Although it could be the starter that is drawing too many cranking amps (usually caused by a starter relay issue), you might have a different electrical problem (such as a ground issue) that is causing the hard start...
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my car wont start the battery
Hello, It sounds like you may have something wrong in terms of a fuel supply issue. Since the car started once, generally this means it does have spark and that there are not ignition problems preventing it from firing. It...
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No issue prior. Left light on all night. Battery died so I jumped the car for 5 mins. Now I have to use digital cables to start engine every time.
Hello, thanks for writing in. When you ran the battery all the way down you may have damaged the battery internally causing it to not be able to hold or take a charge and voltage is below 9.6 volts under...
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Car won't start up after new battery put in
Hello. The security system has been activated by the battery replacement. To reset the Honda security system: (1) using the physical key, close all doors, (2) insert the key in the driver door, turn to the "Unlock" position, (3) turn...
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car won't start after sitting for three weeks
In all probability the battery is dead. The reason the horn blared during the jump start attempt is the "restoration of power" is interpreted by the car's security system computer as an attempt to "steal" the car. That's just the...
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Car will jump start fine. But when I try to start it from the new battery, it all goes black and power goes out completely
Hi there. It sounds like your new battery may be faulty. If the vehicle jump starts ok, then this is a sign that the new battery is not providing enough cranking amps to engage the starter. It may have a...
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When I turn on the starter switch it will click, but will not start.
What you are describing is likely a fault in the starter motor circuit which includes all of the wiring, fuses, relays, ignition switch, starter solenoid, starter, and battery. Somewhere in all that, there is a fault. Occasionally, the fault is...
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My car won't start after replacing flex pipe and Muffler
Technically, there is no connection at all between what was done on the exhaust system and the subsequent no start problem. Of course, it's always possible the Mechanic damaged something on the vehicle but such, if it occurred and if...
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accidentally hooked up jumper cables backwards. No there is no spark on plugs and the fuel pump is running with the engine off.
Hello - the engine management computer controls the fuel pump (through a relay). The lack of spark may be related to a failed crankshaft position sensor, or possibly one or more of the coil packs. Failure of these will yield...
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Fuel pump engages. Batery good, alternator good volts, jump start helps when wont start. Temp does not matter. Intermittent?
Hello. Thank you for writing in. There are several reasons your vehicle may only start when jump starting. The first and most common is a build up of resistance that is causing you to need a boost of voltage to...
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My cars auto theft was triggered and now my battery is dead.
Hi there. You can get a jump-start to start the engine, but I recommend either charging your battery or replacing it. Trying to jump-start your vehicle with a completely dead battery may damage the computer and other components. This also...
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will not start
You possibly have a dead battery but sometimes one can have both a dead battery and a weak (dying) starter motor. Batteries that are somewhat dead can often still run lights, dash lights and so forth but will not have...
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New battery, car still wont start even with jumper cables.
If the battery is new and fully charged, and you turn the key to the "start" position and you hear nothing that means that either the starter circuit supplying the starter motor (ignition switch, wiring, relay, fuse, etc.) has a...
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Tried to jump start my car
You should first have the battery and the cables checked to make sure they are good. Once this is done then check to see if there is power to the large terminal at the starter. Then check for power to...

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