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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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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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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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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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Car will not turn on completely without a jump
Your battery is probably dying. If your car works OK once it has been Jump Started, the charging system is at least working to some extent. But it will also need to be checked. Be very careful with your jump...
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It won't start
Be sure any engine immobilizer system (security system) is not activated, thus preventing the car from starting. The battery should be load tested by a professional. Load testing can only be reliably performed on a fully charged battery. If the...
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Car is not starting up or staying running when jumped.
The very first thing to do is ensure that you have a usable battery. The battery should be fully charged and then load tested. If the battery passes a load test be sure it is NOT a marginal pass in...
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1994 Chevy C1500 won't start even when jumped
Either your battery is discharged to the point it won't take a jump or your battery cables are loose/damaged/corroded. If the vehicle has no lights whatsoever and it won't crank, the problem definitely has to do with the battery. A...
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Serpentine belt snapped, replaced it and jumped the car it semi worked but then didnt. I changed my alternator but wont start
If you have what seems like a dead battery and when you try and jump start the vehicle and it still will not crank good enough to start the motor then you will need to have a voltage drop test...
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2003 Subaru WRX intermittently won't start without a jump
An engine that won't crank indicates a problem with the starting/charging system. Since you said the vehicle will start with a jump, you can rule out the starter and its corresponding control circuitry. The most likely cause is a battery...
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Car wont turn over.
Be sure the battery is fully charged. "New" batteries are not necessarily fully charged at time of sale. Of course, confirm that the engine immobilizer system (security system) is not activated thus preventing the car from starting. Basically, with the...
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Car keeps dying
Hello. We will be happy to assist you. To find the cause of your drain a parasitic draw test must be performed. A parasitic draw test is performed by disconnecting the negative terminal of the battery and hooking a multimeter...
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My car will not stay started after installing a new alternator
Hello. You will want to check that the alternator installed has the right amperage output for your vehicle. Some vehicles take two or maybe three different types of alternators and the one that was installed may not have sufficient power...
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every few days i have to jump start my car
Hello. Yes a bad starter could cause a car to need a jump start every few days. Additional power provided by an extra battery could be enough to get a weakening started going again. Your vehicle may have a battery...
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What do I do now that I got car started the security light won't turn off?
Hello. On your particular vehicle the security light staying on as the vehicle is running is an indication that the security system has failed and is disabled. It is common for a security light to come on after battery dies...
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Jumper cable hooked up wrong.
When reversing the jumper cables is the same as reversing the battery cables. It burns up the fuses, relays, electronic circuits and possibly the computer. If the fuses were replaced and everything in the car is working, then either the...

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