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FREMONT – Host, Sarah Rutan: Most vehicle owners keep a pair of jumper cables in the trunk for use in the event of a dead battery, but the reality is, not everyone knows how to use them properly. Today we’re in Fremont with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Snehal Shah of Auto Techies to learn how it’s done.
Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Snehal Shah: Okay, whenever you’re jump-starting your car, first think you want to do is make sure the two cables are not in position to touch each other. So what I like to do is just kind of put a clamp around one of the two cables, holding the other one, so this way they’re never touching each other.
And I’m just going to set it aside, close to the car that’s not starting. And I’m doing the same thing for the other side as well. Again, this way you’re sure that they don’t touch each other, the positive and the negative, and short out any part of the two cars computers and electronics that are in there.
All right? And don’t forget, got to always wear your safety glasses. I’ve got safety glasses right here, just in case. Want to protect our eyes. Okay, so I’ve got that. I’m going to physically line them up a little bit, it makes my job a little bit easier. Okay. Whenever you’re doing a jump-starting, first thing you want to do is you always connect the positive on the car that is dead. Or the one with the battery that needs to be jump-started. As you can see, I’ve got red cables, and that’s going to line up perfectly with the red cable and the cover that’s on this car. And the other one is black, and that lines up perfectly with the black on the car’s battery terminal and the cable that’s in there.
Okay, now I’m going to go over and do the same thing on a car that I’m going to get the juice from. This is the one with the working battery. On this particularly car, it’s a BMW that has ports that are designed specifically for jump-starting. If your car has it, you definitely want to use that if at all possible.
So I’m going to go with the positive, red here, and if you go look down there it actually has positive red connector also on it. The second half is the negative. This one is your ground. You can use this at any point on the car that has metal. And it does not need to be the cable.
On this particular case we’ve got a – what’s called an engine hook, we’re just going to hook up the negative right there. And that is going to complete the circuit. Now what I’m going to do is go and start the car that is working of course, because we want to make sure we get the full power to the car’s battery that is not working.
Alright, so we’ve already got the key in here so we’re just going to go ahead and start the car. Okay. Now we’re going to let it charge for about thirty seconds to a minute. Okay it’s been about thirty seconds to a minute, and what I’m going to do is just going to go ahead and try and start this car. Boom. Right there. It’s ready to go.
Okay, next thing I want to show you is how to disconnect the cables because that’s also just as important, we should do it in the same reverse order. Let’s go and take a look. Alright so, just the same way as before we’re going to undo the negative first, except on this time it’s in reverse order.
So negative first, and then we’re going to take off the positive. And again, for safety, I always like to put this so that I don’t short out the car that was working good, so we’re going to do this and walk over to this car and do the exact same. We’re going to do the negative first and I’m going to clamp it on here, and then undo the positive. And carefully I’ve removed the cable, put it back in my storage and we are done.
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