What to do about a dead battery
It’s raining, you’re running late for work, you haven’t had a coffee yet…so of course you have a dead battery! After saying a few choice words, do you know what to do? Today’s blog post gives a run down on how to charge a dead battery.
First, you’re going to need jump leads and another car. Jump leads can be purchased from shops such as Super Cheap Auto and should cost around $50.
Think safety before you get started – don’t smoke when you’re jump starting a car or use jump cables with cracked or missing insulation – call in the experts if you don’t have good quality and good condition jump leads.
Make sure you turn off both cars, including any electronics, and connect the positive cable clamp to the remote terminals on the working car. The positive cable clamp is the one marked with a “+”.
Next connect the negative cable clamp (the one marked “-“) to the remote negative terminal on the car that isn’t working.
Now you want to start the working car and let it run. After about five minutes, try to start the dead car with the cables still attached. This is your “moment of truth” moment – if the dead car doesn’t start at this point you need expert help and might need to call the RAA – you probably need a new battery rather than just a charge.
If the car does start, take it for a nice long drive to give it a chance to recharge.
Maybe a trip through the Maccas drive through for a well-earned coffee…