How to Jump Start a Car

April 2nd, 2018 by

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It’s an unfortunate situation, but it happens to almost everyone: you’re stranded with a car that won’t turn on because the battery is dead. Use this guide to figure out how to jump start your car. This will require:

  • Jumper cables
  • Another vehicle
  • Patience
  • A little know-how

Figure out how to jump start your car battery, and count on the team at Valley Honda for a range of automotive tricks and tips.

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A Step-by-Step Guide

Follow these steps to get your car running and back on the road:

  1. First, make sure the problem is with your car battery. If you turn the key and the engine fails to turn over at all, chances are the issue is a dead battery.
  2. Track down a second vehicle or a portable generator. If you have a portable generator with jumper cables, then you’re all set. If not, you’ll need to find a working vehicle and take out a set of jumper cables.
  3. Put the two cars nose to nose, then make sure both vehicles are in park. This positioning allows the jumper cables to reach both batteries. If that’s not possible, having them side-by-side should be fine as well.
  4. Attach the red clip to your vehicle’s positive terminal. The positive terminal is larger and likely has “POS” or “+” on it.
  5. Attach the red clip to other vehicle’s positive terminal.
  6. Attach the black clip to other vehicle’s negative terminal.
  7. Attach the black clip to an unpainted metal surface on your car that isn’t located near the battery.
  8. Turn on the working vehicle and wait a few minutes.
  9. Turn on your vehicle, and try again in a few minutes if it doesn’t work right away.

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Avoid a Dead Car Battery

You can help diminish the chances of getting a dead battery by bringing your vehicle in for service and having it replaced in a timely manner. Valley Honda has car batteries on hand, and we provide quick, high-quality auto service. In addition, we’re happy to help with basic car care and maintenance advice.

Current Service Specials at Valley Honda

Anti-Freeze/Coolant Check-Up Special
Free with Coupon Present

Includes:
• Inspect Radiator, cap, hoses & belts and check for any leaks
• Check Anti-Freeze/Coolant level and top off as needed

Valid only at Valley Honda. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Honda vehicles only. Coupon must be present at time of write up.

Wiper Special
Time to Change Your Wipers!

15% off any pair of Wiper Inserts/Free Installation
15% off any pair of Wiper Blades/Free Installation

Valid only at Valley Honda. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Honda vehicles only. Prices may be higher on some models. Coupon must be present at time of write up.

Full Synthetic Engine Oil & Filter Change
$46.95 (Tax included, Reg Price: $51.95)

Includes:
• Replace Oil with 0W20 Full Synthetic
• Genuine Honda Filter
• Multi-point Honda Inspection
• Battery test
• Free “Quick” Wash

Valid only at Valley Honda. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Applicable to only Honda vehicles that take 0W20 oil per the owner’s manual (also printed on the oil cap). Prices may be higher on some models, ex: S2000. Coupon must be present at time of write up.

Timing Belt and Water Pump Replacement Special
25% OFF + One Day Free Loaner

Don’t Wait! A broken timing belt can damage your engine. Refer to your owner’s manual for recommended replacement.
• Replace timing belt, drive belts and water pump, flush coolant
• Inspect camshaft and crankshaft seals

Valid only at Valley Honda. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Honda vehicles only. Coupon must be present at time of write up. Tensioner additional if needed.

Conventional Engine Oil & Filter Change
$38.95 (Tax included, Reg Price: $43.95)

Includes:
• Replace Oil with 5W20/5W30 Semi-Synthetic
• Genuine Honda Filter
• Multi-point Honda Inspection
• Battery test
• Free “Quick” Wash

Valid only at Valley Honda. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Applicable to only Honda vehicles that take 5W20/5W30 oil per the owner’s manual (also printed on the oil cap). Prices may be higher on some models, ex: S2000. Coupon must be present at time of write up.

Big Savings Service Bonus
Spend MORE and Save MORE

Spend This on Parts or Service Repairs: | Save This:
$50- $100 -————————————————————$5
$101-$200 ————————————————————$10
$201-$300————————————————————$20
$301-$400————————————————————$35
$401-$500————————————————————$45
$501-or more —————————————————–—$60

Valid only at Valley Honda. Spend and savings applicable only for parts and service repairs. Discount not applicable to tires or batteries, due to already discounted(or special, or reduced) pricing. Cannot be combined with any other offer or used on any detail or body work. Honda vehicles only. Prices may be higher on some models. Coupon must be present at time of write up.

All Wheel Alignment
$99.95 with purchase of 2 or more tires or any suspension/steering repair

Regular Price: $132.95

Includes:
• Inspect/Adjust caster, camber & toe-in as applicable
• Inspect suspension, steering linkage & steering rack preload
• Inspect wheels and tires for irregular wear
• Adjust tire rods as necessary to center steering wheel
• Road Test

Valid only at Valley Honda. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Honda vehicles only. Prices may be higher on some models. Coupon must be present at time of write up.

Battery Check-Up
Free with Coupon Present

• Test Battery with ED18 Battery Tester
• Clean any Acid Corrosion from Battery terminals
• Inspect Alternator Belt
• Apply Battery Corrosion Prevention Spray on Terminals

Valid only at Valley Honda. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Honda vehicles only. Prices may be higher on some models. Coupon must be present at time of write up.

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2005 and Newer Vehicles Equipped with the Maintenance Minder System

Regular Price: $147.95 Plus Tax and Hazmat Fee
Our Price: $137.95 Plus Tax & Hazmat Fee

2005 and Newer Vehicles Equipped with the Maintenance Minder System

Service includes: Replacement of the Oil (with OW20 or 5W20 depending on the model) and Oil Filter, Tire Rotation, Checking and Setting Tire Pressures, Cleaning/Lubrication of Brake Components, Battery Test, Checking and Topping off Fluids as needed, & Multi-Point Inspection

Valid only at Valley Honda. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Honda vehicles only. Prices may be higher on some models. Mileage may vary depending on model. Check your owner's manual for services needed. Coupon must be present at time of write up.

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