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If that is the sound you hear when you turn your key
your vehicle, instead of the purr of the engine, you may have a dead
Is it the Battery:
are a quick test to determine if the problem is likely the battery.
- Turn on a light or lights --- dome light, glove
- If they do not light, or are real dim it is
- If they are normal brightness - turn the key to
- Do the lights get real dim?
- If so, it is probably a dead or weak battery.
- If lights stay bright when you turn the key to start your car,
problem is likely elsewhere.
- You can also try a similar experiment with the radio, heater
- Poor connections to the battery could also cause these problems.
the Battery Tips
Tips for being prepared ahead of time. (Based
in part from suggestions and questions from AutoTips visitors)
Also see links below for important safety issues.
- Batteries often fail in the weather extremes, or
times. You may want to keep a few items handy in the trunk.
- The number of your auto club -- Just call
skip all the rest.
- Jumper Cables - AutoTips suggests not skimping
- Will they be long enough? If your car is parked between two
(with their drivers not around )- you may need to reach from the front
of your car to a car behind you.
- Heavy enough to carry the current. Cheap cables may have not
to carry the high currents to jump start a vehicle. Never try to use
- Shop around at auto parts stores, check the quality of the
flexibility of the cables.
- Note wire size is rated by gauge. A smaller number for gauge
is a heavier
- For example, lamp cord is often 18 gauge, jumper cables may
be 8 or
- Disposable vinyl gloves -- Keep your
from the grease and possible battery acid on top of the batteries.
available in the paint department of a hardware store.
- Paper towels - may need to clean the
see the labels for + and -
- Safety glasses or goggles.
- If you are not familiar with the location of the
a good ground, or which terminals are which, check it out ahead of time.
- If you catch the clerk at the local auto parts store at a time
they aren't busy, they may be willing to walk out to your car and help
you locate these items.
Click here for a
jump start diagram.
See the links below for step by step procedures including important
From Edmunds, with color photos.
& Hearing Everyone with a car needs to know how to safely
jump-start their car battery.
You can prevent serious injury to your eyes by
following these 10 simple suggestions.
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