Updated January 11th, 2016

One of the most basic and yet useful skills you can learn as a vehicle owner is how to jump start your car. If you've ever had the unpleasant experience when your car won't start - you know how aggravating it can be; knowing how to jump start your car can alleviate a lot of stress. So how exactly do you go about jump starting your car? Watch the "How to Jump Start You Car" Video below or read the simple instructions below the video. Afterwards - you'll have all the information and the confidence you need to get yourself back on the road in no time.  
You will need some jumper cables. Hopefully, you've been keeping a pair with you in your car (possibly as part of a roadside emergency kit), but if not, any hardware or auto parts store should carry them. Having jumper cables with you at all times in your vehicle can be life saving for you and your family or other drivers on the road. 
1) Both cars (your "dead" car and the car that will do the jumping) need to be parked nose-to-nose, about a foot and a half apart from each other. If the car has an automatic transmission, make sure that it's in park; if it's a manual transmission, put the car in neutral and set the emergency brake. 
2) Make sure that both cars are completely turned off and that both keys are out of their respective ignitions. Now pop the hoods, and get the cables ready. Most jumper cables have a color coding; the red clamps are for the positive battery terminal and the black clamps are for the negative battery terminal. 
3) This is where many people get confused--which clamp do you put on which battery first? Here's a simple yet effective saying to help you remember how to start it off: "Red on dead." Your first step is to put the red/positive clamp on the positive (red) terminal of the dead battery. 
4) Now put the other red/positive clamp on the positive (red) terminal of the live battery. Make sure to keep the clamps on both ends (both red and black) separated from each other at all times--do not allow them to touch!
5) Now put the black/negative clamp on the negative terminal of the live battery. 
6) Put the other black/negative clamp on a non-painted metal part under the hood of the car with the dead battery. Do not put it on the negative terminal of the dead battery; instead, attach it to a part of the engine block, such as an unpainted bolt. Just make sure to avoid any moving parts (e.g., fans, etc.). Doing this will provide a ground for the electricity. 
7) Now start the car with the live battery, and let it idle for a couple of minutes. You can also press the accelerator to rev the engine a little while it's in park. 
8) Now it's time to start the car with the dead battery. If it turns over, you're good to go, but you will need to rev it up and let it run for a couple of minutes before disconnecting any cables. If it doesn't turn over at all, wait around for a minute or two and try again. If you've done this about two or three times and the car is still dead as a doorknob, it's probably time for you to call for a tow truck; either the battery is completely dead, or there may be some other problem (e.g., bad starter, defective fuel pump, etc.). 
9) If you have managed to "bring the dead car to life", disconnect the cables in reverse order (e.g., black on dead, black on live, red on live, red on dead). 
Congratulations--you just saved the day!
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*Always check your owner’s manual for your vehicle model’s specific instructions before attempting any type of repair.

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