Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: How do I jump start the battery in a 2012 Nissan Altima?

asked by on

How do I jump start the battery?

A dead battery is one of the worst nightmares for drivers. You turn the key (or press the start button in this case) and nothing happens. You’ll need to jump the battery off to get back on the road. Here’s how to do it in your car:

  1. Set the parking brake and make sure the car is in park.

  2. Open the hood.

  3. If your battery has vent covers, remove them (most don’t, but some do).

  4. Connect the positive cable to the positive terminal on your battery.

  5. Connect the positive cable to the positive terminal on the other battery.

  6. Connect the negative cable to the negative terminal on the other battery.

  7. Connect the negative cable to one of the nuts on the driver front strut mount of your car.

  8. Start the engine on the other car.

  9. Make sure the engine of the other car is running at about 2,000 RPM

  10. Crank your engine.

  11. Disconnect the jumper cables carefully beginning with the negative cable and then

the positive cable.

  1. Don’t forget to replace the vent covers on your battery (if it has them).

Tip

Never try to push start your car, even if it has a manual transmission.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: After alternator replacement, no power in SUV

Hello. It sounds like the cause of your problem is a blown battery fuse. The battery fuse is the main fuse for your battery, and if it has blown, the truck will not have any power until it is replaced....

Q: Brake light just came on in dashboard 2012 Audi Q5

Hello - as you have already noted, this warning tells you that your brake pads need replacement. It is intended to warn you to replace the pads before the rotors are damaged. Best guidance is to go ahead and have...

Q: Possible spark plug problem

Ignition system issues can not only cause the vehicle to run rough, but may prevent it from running at all. The ignition coil on the 2001 Altima is located inside the distributor. The coil can fail and cause the vehicle...

Related articles

What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...