How to Jumpstart a Car

Schedule Car is not starting Inspection
Service Area

$79.99 - $89.99

Price range for all vehicles
Average rating from 10,513 customers who received a Car is not starting Inspection.

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 has a properly functioning battery, to yours. Giving your car a jumpstart is a simple task, here's how you can do it:

How to jumpstart a car

  1. Prepare both cars - Place both vehicles in Park or Neutral. Shut off the ignition and engage the parking brakes in both cars. Keep both car hoods open during the entire process.

    Warning: Make sure that the other vehicle you pick does not have an electronic ignition system or is an alternative fuel vehicle.

  2. Attach clips to your battery - Take a close look at your jumper cables and locate the red and black clips. Attach one of the red clips to the positive terminal of your battery. The positive terminal will have a “POS” or “+” on it, or it will be bigger than the negative terminal.

  3. Attach clips to the other car's battery - Carefully attach the other red clip to the positive terminal of the other car’s battery. Attach one of the black clips to the negative terminal on the other car’s battery.

  4. Attach black clip - Attach the other black clip to an unpainted metal surface on your car that isn’t near the battery.

  5. Start your car

  6. Drive around to recharge your battery - If the jump works and your car starts, do not shut off your engine. Drive around for at least 15 minutes to recharge your battery.

    Note: If the car won’t start, make sure that the cables are properly connected. Have the other car run for five minutes, and then try to start your car again. If it still won’t start, you will need to contact YourMechanic to inspect the starting problem with your car..

If you need further information on how to properly use jumper cables on your vehicle, consider looking at an in depth article on jumper cable use.


Next Step

Schedule Car is not starting Inspection

The most popular service booked by readers of this article is Car is not starting Inspection. Yourmechanic’s technicians bring the dealership to you by performing this job at your home or office 7 days a week between 7AM-9PM. We currently cover over 10k cities and have 100k+ 5-star reviews... LEARN MORE

SEE PRICING & SCHEDULING

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Recent Car is not starting Inspection reviews

Excellent Rating


YourMechanic Car is not starting Inspection Service

Average Rating

4.8/5

Number of Reviews

10,513

Rating Summary
9,617
467
80
85
264
9,617
467
80
85
264

James

28 years of experience
582 reviews
James
28 years of experience
Toyota Prius - Car is not starting - Winter Park, Florida
James was very helpful and knowledgeable about my car and was very easy to talk to. Will definitely recommend this service to friends and family!
Ford Crown Victoria - Car is not starting - Orlando, Florida
James has an amazing work ethic and was dedicated to completing the job. My car would not start and he refused to leave until he figured out what was wrong and got it going. In the end, he did identify and fix what appeared to be a difficult problem to diagnose. I would highly recommend James to anyone looking for a mechanic who is interested in someone who will put in the extra effort and not simply the bare minimum.

Andrian

30 years of experience
78 reviews
Andrian
30 years of experience
Nissan Sentra - Car is not starting - Opa Locka, Florida
Adrian was fast, clean and knowledgeable.....explained the process and pricing....very professional. Definitely highly recommend him, and will use his services again.......Thanks!
Chevrolet Equinox - Car is not starting - Weston, Florida
On time, fast, straight forward and helpful - will be working with Andrian soon to maintain my car up and running properly.

Pardeep

19 years of experience
597 reviews
Pardeep
19 years of experience
Mazda 3 - Car is not starting - Sunnyvale, California
Excellent service! Pardeep was knowledgeably and was fabulous in making customers feel at ease. Highly recommend his service to anyone. Such a great mechanic!

Christopher

10 years of experience
17 reviews
Christopher
10 years of experience
Acura TL - Car is not starting - Charlotte, North Carolina
Chris was great and fast and diagnosing the problem and gave me several options and times to finish my service.

Need Help With Your Car?

Our certified mobile mechanics make house calls in over 2,000 U.S. cities. Fast, free online quotes for your car repair.

GET A QUOTE