When you find that your car isn’t starting, then chances are high that the battery is dead. This could be because it is old and has simply run its natural course, or maybe you accidentally left the lights on. Luckily, replacing the battery is easy as there are numerous sellers in the Philippines of mufflers, batteries and other car parts. Before making any replacements though, it’s best practice to be certain of which part is the problem and checking if it can still work.
Before anything else, you have to make sure that a dead battery is the culprit. This is highly likely if you can’t start the car, or if the car starts but has a hard time moving if at all. Turn on the headlights to its brightest setting – dim lights can also indicate a dead battery.
Lastly, when you put the key in the ignition, the dashboard and radio should light up. These only consume a minute amount of battery power and should still work even with a dead battery. If they don’t light up, then you might not have a battery problem; it may be a problem with the ignition switch.
Once you’re certain that the battery is indeed the problem, then you may proceed with jumpstarting the car. In order to do this, you need to follow these steps precisely:
One of two things can happen: the dead car starts or it doesn’t. Here’s what you do for both situations:
Success: Remove the cables in the reverse order of which you placed it (starting with black clamp A first). Then keep the engine of the previously-dead car running until you get to a safe place. Before turning it off, rev it slightly for 5 minutes then let it be idle for 20 minutes afterwards. This will ensure that you have enough juice in the battery to start it again. If it doesn’t, then the battery is either dead or there is an alternator problem. Get it checked out to be sure.
Failure: Call a towing service.
It is important that you have this knowledge as well as the proper tools ready any time an emergency happens. Whether you manage to get it started or not, don’t forget to have your car looked at by your nearest car shop!