If your car battery is dead and someone is willing to give you a jump start, attach the red positive cable clamp to the positive (+) battery terminal of the dead battery.
Then, secure the red positive cable clamp on the other side of the jumper cables to the functioning vehicles’ positive (+) battery terminal.
Next, connect the black negative cable clamp to the working battery’s negative (-) battery terminal; however, don’t connect the black negative cable clamp to the dead battery. Instead, attach it to an unpainted, metal part of the car.
Start the working vehicle then wait a minute.
Start the dead car.
Once the dead vehicle is running, disconnect the cables starting with the black clamps.
TIP: When jump starting a vehicle, do not let the clamps touch each other while any part of the cables is still attached to a car.
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