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There are a number of ways on how to jumpstart a car battery. Julie Sussman, et al (Dare To Repair Your Car) discusses on technique here. Read excerpt below. Call us if you need professional help. We have tow trucks in Bakersfield on the ready 24/7!
Jump-Starting Using Another Vehicle
Note: We will be referring to the car with the dead battery as the "bad car" and the other car as the "good car". It just makes it easier to understand. And as always, refer to the car owner's manual for specific information on jump-starting a battery.
Turn off all electrical accessories, such as lights, radio, air-conditioning, or heater, on both cars.
Have the good car pull up as close as possible to the bud being sure to leave at least 18 inches in between them. You never want the two cars to touch because it could damage the electrical system, in both cars. Both cars should be placed in park (or neutral if they have a manual transmission) with parking brakes engaged and radios and lights turned off. Both engines should be turned off now and the hoods popped open. Put on the safety goggles to protect your eyes, but be sure to shield your entire face as well.
Making the Right Connection
Take a look at both batteries to find the positive and negative terminals located on the top of the batteries. The positive terminal will be marked with a + sign, and the negative terminal will be marked with a — sign. If you don't see any terminals, don't panic. Some batteries have plastic caps that cover the terminals to protect them against corrosion. Just don't assume that the caps were put on correctly and that the positive and negative markings on them correspond to the markings on the battery. The only markings you should care about are the ones imprinted on the battery.
If there are caps covering the terminals, pry them off with your fingers. They should pop off easily.
Note: There is only one right (safe) way to hook up the jumper cables and to remove them. You must follow these instructions to the letter or you can damage the alternator or cause the battery to explode. The trick is to remember that you're going to start with the bad car and end with the bad car."