If you turn the key and the car does absolutely nothing, then there’s a good chance you have a dead battery. Having a dead battery puts you in a sticky situation, but, you can fix it with a set of jumper cables and another vehicle. Here is a step by step guide to jump start yours or another vehicle. To prevent having to jump start your vehicle, it is recommended to go in for service to have factory trained technicians check your battery and all other aspects of your engine to make sure it is in top condition.

Take out your jumper cables.

It’s a good idea to buy a set of jumper cables and have them in the trunk. If you don’t have jumper cables, you have to find a good samaritan who not only is willing to assist you but who has jumper cables as well.

Place both vehicles in Park and shut off the ignition in both cars.

Engage both parking brakes as well to be safe.

Attach one of the red clips to the positive terminal of your battery.

It should have a “POS” or “+” on it, or it’s usually bigger than the negative terminal.

Attach the other red clip to the positive terminal of the other car.

Attach one of the black clips to the negative terminal on the other battery.


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

Use one of the metal struts that holds the hood open.The cables should look like this.

Start the working vehicle and let the engine run for a few minutes.

Try to start your vehicle.

If it won’t start, make sure that the cables are properly connected and have the good samaritan run his or her engine for five minutes. Then try to start your car again. If it still won’t start, your battery may be beyond help.

If it does start, great!

Just don’t turn off your ignition for at least 15 minutes to let your battery charge. If your vehicle won’t start the next time you try, the battery could be needing to be replaced since it won’t hold a charge. In the event of you needing a replacement, you can contact us here at Alta Nissan Richmond Hill for the battery part and our factory trained service technicians can even install it into your vehicle for you.

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