Few things are more frustrating than getting in your vehicle only to learn your battery is dead. To make matters worse, this very common automotive problem tends to occur at the most inopportune time, such as early mornings...or any other time. While annoying, it's not the end of the world.

In fact, jump-starting your vehicle is relatively easy. All you need is a set of jumper cables (the red and black cables with clamps on the end) and a willing participant (the jumper). Let's take a closer look at signs your battery may be on its last terminal and how to jump-start your vehicle. 

Signs Your Battery May Be Dying

Whether you know it or not, your vehicle may be warning you of looming battery problems. Here are the top signs your battery may be dying. 

Is Your Check Engine Light On

Far too often, drivers simply ignore the check engine light as a pleasant light show. While it can mean almost anything, it could be the first warning that your battery isn't working at full capacity. If you see a check engine light, take it as a warning and bring it to Glockner Honda for an inspection. 

Sluggish Engine

If your engine is sluggishly starting, it could be your vehicle's last sputtering gasp for help before your battery gives way to exhaustion. Why does this happen? Over time, battery parts wear out and become less effective. This will often cause the battery to take more time to generate a charge for the starter, which can cause your engine to take a few extra seconds to turn over. 

Dim Lights May Mean a Dim Battery

Your battery powers everything in your vehicle. If your battery is losing charge, electronic components and accessories may not operate on full power. 

Geesh! That's a Rotten Smell

If your vehicle reeks of rotten eggs when you pop the hood, your battery may be leaking. This could be due to an internal short or damage to the battery.

The Battery Case Is Warped

Batteries that are exposed to freezing or extreme heat can cause the casing to crack and/or swell. If your battery is anything but rectangular, it's probably not properly functioning.

Is Your Battery Long In Tooth?

In the best-case scenario, your battery will last anywhere from three to five years. Driving habits, electronic demands, and climate can all reduce the lifespan of your battery. Once you pass the three-year mark, it's a good idea to have it tested regularly at Glockner Honda. 

How to Jumpstart Your Car?

To safely jump-start your vehicle, use the following steps:

  1. Take out Your Jumper Cables? If you don't have a pair of jumper cables, you should be able to find a good Samaritan willing to help. But having a pair of jumper cables should be one of the first things you purchase as a vehicle owner.  
  2. Safety First! Ensure both vehicles are in Park and turn both vehicles completely off. You should also engage the parking brakes on both vehicles. 
  3. Pop the Hood. While this may be obvious, you will need to pop the hood on both vehicles and locate the batteries.
  4. Red on Red. Next, you will want to attach one of the red clips on the jumper cables to the positive terminal on the battery in your car. The Positive terminal will be bigger than the negative terminal, have a "+" on it, or have "POS". It's imperative to get this step right. Then, you will attach the other red clip to the battery terminal of the other car. 
  5. Black on Black. Attach the black clip on the jumper cables to the negative terminal on the other battery. Then, attach the last black clip to an unpainted metal surface on your vehicle with the dead battery. However, if you see a negative terminal on your dead battery, use it. Otherwise, use an unpainted bracket or bolt that is a few inches away from your dead battery. This will offer a reliable ground while limiting the possibility of sparking. 
  6. Check the Secure Connection. Make sure the connections are secure. 
  7. Getting Started. Start the other vehicle and allow the engine to idle for a minute or so. Then, try to start your vehicle. If your vehicle doesn't start, go back to step 5 and ensure the connection is secure. Try to start your vehicle again. If your vehicle still doesn't start, your battery may be beyond jumping. 

Battery Still Won't Start? Contact Glockner Honda

If you've followed the previous steps and your battery still will not start, reach out to the team at Glockner Honda. We offer a full range of affordable battery solutions and can have you on your way in no time. 

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