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Towing Service Bakersfield - Emergency Battery Jumpstart Service
We are always available to provide you with our 24-hour battery jumpstart service. But for the brave, here's another technique on jumpstarting your car battery. Julie Sussman, et al (Dare To Repair Your Car) did a good job giving us a simple, non-intimidating explanation below.
Jump-Starting Using a Battery Charger/Starter
A great alternative to using another car to jump-start your battery is to use a battery charger/starter. You can use it at home, and it gives you the option of charging your battery over a few hours or instantly. Check in the car owner's manual for specific instructions prior to using a battery charger/starter.
Buying a Battery Charger/Starter
Battery chargers/starters can usually be purchased anywhere auto parts are sold, but not every place where batteries are sold. When you go to purchase a battery charger/starter, you need to make sure that:
Preparing the Car Battery for Using a Battery Charger/Starter
- It's specifically made for a car battery.
- It's an automatic charger, not a manual (an automatic turns off once the battery has been charged; with a manual, you have to physically turn it off).
- It comes with easy-to-understand instructions.
- It has at least a 3-year warranty.
- The manufacturer supplies a customer service number.
Getting a car battery ready for using a battery charger/starter will require you to clean the battery terminals as well as to check that the battery is in good condition.
Remove any oxidation on the terminals, the top of the battery, and the battery terminal cables. Also, check the exterior of the battery to see if it has any cracks or bulges. If any of these conditions exist, or the acid inside the battery is frozen, then you cannot charge the battery. You'll have to replace it instead.
The oxidation around the terminals is extremely caustic if it gets on your skin or in your eyes, so follow the safety guidelines listed in the manufacturer's manual and below. And if you don't feel comfortable doing either, then don't – just call a tow truck.
- Remove any jewelry on your hands and wrists. If a spark hits your jewelry, it will burn your finger or hand.
- Have plenty of clean water and towels nearby in case of an accident with the battery acid.
- If you are using a manual battery charger, refer to the voltmeter so you don't overcharge it.
- If you've charged the battery for the recommended time suggested by the manufacturer, and the battery still won't work, do not try charging it again. Replace the battery.
- If the battery becomes hot to the touch, unplug the charger.
- Never use a battery charger that is damaged, has been exposed to moisture (e.g., rain or snow), or has a damaged cord.
- Always charge thev6attery in a well-ventilated area – out-doors is preferable. Never smoke near the battery and battery charger.
- Wear safety goggles."