Jumper_Cables_Close_Up.jpgIt can be all too easy to do something foolish like forgetting to turn your car’s headlights off. And you’ll quickly see your mistake when you turn the key and just hear a clicking sound. A dead battery, however, doesn’t have to be the end of the world; you can get it started in almost no time with these tips from our Mazda service center:

Find Your (or Somebody Else’s) Jumper Cables and a Working Car

Clearly, the most important tool for jumpstarting a car is a set of jumper cables. You will also need a car that works, which will have to be close enough to your car so that the cables will reach.

Put On the Cables

You have to make sure that the cables are connected properly. First, attach a red clip to the positive terminal on the dead battery, which has a plus-sign. Then, connect the other end to the positive terminal on the other battery. Now, attach the black end to the negative terminal on the working battery which has a minus sign. But, don’t connect the other end to the dead battery; attach it to an unpainted surface, such as the hood strut.

Turn On the Working Car

Now, turn the working car on and let it run for a few minutes. Then start up the other car. If the connections were attached correctly (and the battery still has juice left), the car should start. You also need to let this run for about 20 minutes in order to get the battery fully charged.

Your battery should be good to go. If, however, it’s frequently dying, it’s time for a replacement. Get in touch with the service center at Green Mazda in Springfield to get the right new battery installed in your vehicle.

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