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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
Regardless of what type of car you have, eventually you may need to jumpstart it. While jumping a car is fairly easy, it can be a bit dangerous if a few precautions are not taken. If certain conditions...
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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Why does my truck make a click noise from the starter and won't turn over?
There are several possible causes for the starter to just click when you turn the key. There could be a weak battery, a failed starter or starter solenoid, a bad cable connection, a failed starter relay, or any number of...
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Car stopped running during use on the highway and won't restart.
Thanks for inquiring with YourMechanic. I believe your issue is going to be your alternator. The reason I am going this way is because your car isn't starting and it just stopped running on your on the highway. The reason...
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Starting issue, 1991 Saab 9000
Typically, when this type of problem occurs, the most common causes are either a bad battery, or a poor connection. If the vehicle starts and runs normally after being jumped, this is usually a sign that there may be enough...
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Can a car's computer system determine if it jump started another car
Your car's computer does not have anyway of telling whether or not it has jumped another vehicle. As you may know, when jumping another car, this can cause a slight momentary drain on your car's battery as the other car...
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Can jumping a car "backwards" cause a complete meltdown?(bad alternator, bad condenser fan, bad brake switch, bad ecu).
Jumping a car backwards can certainly cause many electrical failures. Electronics such as the ECU would be the most vulnerable making that failure of no surprise. The other components are not as vulnerable but can definitely be damaged from crossing...
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I have to have the car jumped constantly
Hi there. Check the battery cables to see if they are tight and have no corrosion. Check the voltage with a digital voltage meter on the battery. The battery should read 12.6 volts full charge 100%, 12.4 volts 75% charged,...
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Car won't start with a new battery, but it starts when I hook it up with jumper cables.
This problem may be due to a faulty starter relay or a bad ground connection. As you may know, the starter relay directs power from the battery to the starter. When the starter relay does not function correctly, in...
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What will make a battery drain quickly? It doesn't happen every day but it happens 2-3 days a week.
i would suggest checking the voltage regulator. This is a unit that regulates the charging of the battery by the alternator, making sure that the battery receives the correct amount of amperage when charging. When this is not working properly,...
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I can't get into the trunk to replace the battery
Hi - You should have a positive jumper point inside the engine compartment. It is usually located on the passenger side toward the front. You can hook up a jump box or jumper cables here and get power to open...
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Car won't start - 2004 Ford Focus
Hi and thanks for contacting YourMechanic. Check the battery cables for more corrosion and clean them up again. You may need to put backing soda and water mixture on the terminals to clean the corrosion completely off. Make sure that...
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Car won't start - 1999 Saturn SL1
Hey there. You will want to have the vehicle scanned for diagnostic trouble codes and start there. If you're getting power and the car still acting like it doesn't want to run, your issue is very likely either spark or...
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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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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 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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