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: Random difficulty starting

Hello. There could be several things going on with your 2005 Ford Fiest. First, there could be a bad spot in your starter causing the intermittent start. You could also have faulty glow plugs causing the car to have a...

Q: Knocking noise in 2012 Kia Sorento

Hello. If they did not replace the upper strut mount along with the strut, that may be the source of your noise. The upper strut mount retains the strut and spring together as an assembly. It is then bolted...

Q: Are there accurate electrical oil pressure gauges that will beep me when my oil pressure goes too low and how do they work?

Oil pressure reporting systems with programmable audible alarms are readily available. An example is the CruzPro Digital Gauge but there are many other vendors and you really have to do a product comparison and look at all the reviews. Once...

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...
P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...
P2103 OBD-II Trouble Code: Throttle Actuator Control Motor Circuit High
P2103 means there is a fault with the throttle actuator control motor circuit, likely due to a defective electrical component or part.