It can be a great plan to keep a vehicle battery booster pack in your vehicle. That way, you can jump start your battery even if you can’t get another vehicle to help you.
Before you proceed, make sure:
- The vehicle battery does not look damaged and isn’t leaking.
- You’ve taken off any metal accessories and removed dangling clothing like a tie or scarf.
Steps to using a vehicle battery booster
1. Check the battery booster
- Make sure the packs fully charged
- Put the battery booster pack somewhere stable. Don’t put it on the engine as it might fall off when the engine starts.
2. Connect the red jump lead
- Connect the red positive (+) jump lead from the battery pack to the positive (+) terminal of the vehicle battery.
3. Connect the black jump lead
- Connect the black negative (-) jump lead to an earthing point on your vehicle. Unpainted metal on the engine block or vin is the best.
4. Switch on the pack
- Once the battery packs connected, switch on the pack.
5. Try to start the vehicle
- Try to proceed your vehicle by turning the key in the ignition.
- If it does not start after a few tries, there’s probably a more serious problem that needs attention.
6. Let the engine run
- If the vehicle starts, keep the engine running for about five minutes.
- After five minutes switch off the booster and allow the engine to run for a further five to ten minutes.
7. Turn off and disconnect
- Turn off the engine.
- Take out the leads in the reverse order to how you placed them on (first disconnect the black lead, then the red lead).
8. Restart your vehicle
- Try turning the keys in the ignition to see if the car starts up again.
What to do after you’ve jump started your vehicle
If you’ve managed to jump start your vehicle, the engine will need to recharge again fully.
Charge the engine by driving normally (not in stop-start traffic) for at least thirty minutes. You can also use a portable vehicle battery charger to top up the charger on your battery.
How often should you change a vehicle battery?
On average, batteries last between 5 and 7 years but you should only consider changing a vehicle battery when it’s showing signs of worsening.
If the battery’s more than five years old and seems like it’s struggling to start the car, get if checked out. It’s better to be safe than sorry-it’ll be worse if it’s a roadside emergency or on a chilly morning when you’re already late for work.
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