There are times when your car battery dies all of a sudden without any apparent warning. This could be due to internal component failure or if you forget to switch off the headlights. You could face this situation when your out on a long road trip as well. However here are some ways to deal with a flat battery out on the road.
As your attempt to start your car and if the engine doesn’t crank and the headlights and electrical components fail to function, it is certain that your battery has died on you. To deal with this situation you need to first run a check before you go jump start or push start your car.
Open the bonnet to look for signs of an eggy smell coming from the car battery as this is a sign of leakage. If sulphuric acid leaks it will produce an unpleasant odour, in this is the case you need to replace the car battery as soon as possible. Do not forget to wear protective gear if you are looking to replace the battery. Look out for a cracked or a bulged casing as this is a sign of extreme corrosion, if you attempt to start your car in this case it would not only damage the internal circuit of your car but also your engine. However if your battery doesn’t show these above mentioned symptoms it is safe to start your car.
How to Push Start Your Car
Push starting your car is a very easy and simple process and doesn’t involve the use of jumper cables but however it works on manual transmission cars only. All you need to do is position your car on top of an incline slope or ask someone to push your car. Do not try to push start your car on your own as it this could lead to severe injury or accident.
To perform a push start you need to disengage the hand brake, put the car in second gear and hold in the clutch. Make sure that the key is in on position and as your car reaches a speed of five to ten miles per hour release the clutch and press the accelerator. If you have done everything right the engine should ignite immediately as you let go of the clutch. Make sure that you drive for about ten to fifteen minutes so that your battery charges sufficiency and you won’t need assistance to start your vehicle again. It is advisable not to jump start a car which has a catalytic converter as un-burnt fuel mixture will lead to engine damage.
How to Jump Start Your Car
To jump start your car you require a pair of jump cables or jumper cables you can get them from an online store or your local electrical shop. Before you jump start your car you need follow these below mentioned rules for your safety.
- Do not jumps start a battery which is damaged or corroded.
- Do not use damaged jump cables as broken clamps can overheat and cause fire.
- Never weak loose fitting clothing such as scarves, neckties as they are prone to get caught between the moving parts of the engine and lead to serious injury.
- Remove the key from the ignition and ensure that all the electrical components are turned off.
- Wear safety goggles and gloves to protect yourself from corrosive battery acid.
- Never cross the cables while attached to the car battery.
- Keep your face away from the battery at all times.
Untangle and unwind your jumper cables the black clamp should be connected to the negative terminal and the red jumper cable should be connected to the positive terminal. Use heavy duty clamps to connect to the battery terminal make sure that the red and black cables don’t come in contact with each other.
Connect the other end of the jumper cables to a working car battery. Start the working car and let it run at idle for about three minutes as the dead battery would require about hundred amperes to start properly. As the working car runs it will transfer charge to the dead battery gradually, so you will have to wait for about five minutes before starting the disabled vehicle. Try to start the disabled vehicle, in most cases it would start immediately but if it doesn’t start properly you might have to wriggle the jumper cable clamps properly to ensure a stronger connection and try again. If it still fails to start then then your battery needs replacement.
Make sure that you remove the jumper cables as soon as the car starts and insert the protective covers on the battery terminal to prevent accidental short circuit. Don’t forget to drive your car for twenty minutes before turning it off.