Happy New Year, everyone! Now that the holidays are officially a wrap, it’s time to get back to the daily grind, and for some of you, the daily commute. If one of your resolutions for 2017 was to stay on top of your vehicle’s maintenance schedule a little bit better, this post ought to help out with that.
As an auto mechanic, I sure hate the sound of a car not starting in the morning. And as a car owner, I am sure you do too. For me, the first step is investigating what the problem might be. Whereas, for the average driver, their first instinct is thinking:
“Man! This better not cost me a lot to fix!”
There are plenty of reasons that your car won’t start, even when it was running good enough to get you to Downtown Victoria but just doesn’t want to face another trip up Douglas Street again.
Below are the top 5 reasons your car won’t start, starting with the obvious one: your dead or dying battery. Read More
Car batteries are the lifeline of the vehicle. These unassuming, small little boxes are the key to starting your vehicle every time you need to go somewhere. Just like your morning cup of coffee provides you with a jolt of electricity every day, it is your car battery that provides your vehicle with the juice it needs to spring into action.
Understanding the basics of how car batteries work will help ensure that you are never stranded with a dead one! Here are some of the most important things you need to know about your car’s battery and electrical system. Read More
So you leave your house to go to work for an important meeting first thing in the morning. Or you’re excited and nervous on a Friday night as you head out to pick up your date for your first outing together. And your car won’t start! Nooooo! The absolute WORST timing! (Not that a dead car battery ever has good timing…) But all is not lost! Chances are, you can still make it on time if you know how to jump start your car!
Every driver should keep jumper cables in their car and know how to use them. So with this in mind, we are going to explain to you just how it’s done!
How can you tell if your car battery is dead?
So for starters, how can you tell if you have a dead battery or if it’s not some other problem?
- If you turn the key in the ignition and you hear the car coughing and turning over, then a dead battery is NOT the problem.
- If you turn the key in the ignition and you hear absolutely nothing, or you hear only a clicking sound, then there’s a good chance you have a dead battery on your hands.
- Check whether your lights, stereo and other electronics are working, this can also be a good indicator of a low or dead battery.
How To Jump Start A Vehicle With Jumper Cables
You could be at work or on your date’s doorstep in no time, as long as you have jumper cables and can flag down the help of a Good Samaritan.
Before you begin, pop the hood and check the condition of your battery. If it’s damaged, leaking or has corrosion, you may have a bigger problem on your hands and may need to call in the professionals to take a look.
If everything looks ok, remove any loose clothing to avoid it getting caught on any moving parts. Avoid smoking. Make sure the headlights and other electronics in the car are turned off and follow these steps: