Should I carry jumper cables?

  • By Lea Naiz
  • 28 Jun, 2017

Yes, but be sure to have your mechanic show you exactly how to use them. There are conditions related to a vehicle that won’t start that need to be qualified before making the decision to use jumper cables.If your vehicle will not “crank” you must first make some basic assessments of the symptoms your car is displaying. Lets first get some terminology correct that will help you communicate with your mechanic. “Cranking” an engine is what happens when the ignition key, vehicle battery and starter motor system all work together to rotate the engine crankshaft which leads to an engine “start” event. “Starting” is when the engine actually comes to life – a direct result and expectation of “cranking”. Correct terminology is very important when communicating to others what you car is doing or not doing. If your vehicle will not crank or is cranking but doing so very slowly (as in a battery that is discharged), trying to jump start it is a great first step, as long as you know how to do it safely. Hooking up jumper cables incorrectly could cause major problems, including fire or personal injury.

Jump starting your car requires you to find someone to assist by allowing his car to power yours for several minutes. Always remain aware of your surroundings, and use caution when accepting help from a stranger. A great alternative is a mobile battery booster kit, which enable you to jump start your car without connecting to someone else’s vehicle. These mobile battery pack kits are small, lightweight, reasonably priced and intended to be carried with you. Most of these kits include adapters that allow you to charge your cell phone, run a lap top computer and many other electronic devices. Only caveat is you must make sure the booster pack stays charged and ready for use in an emergency. Ask your mechanic about your options.

If you are tired of getting the runaround and being treated like you haven’t got a clue, we invite you to try   Colchin Automotive  instead. Give us a call at 303-431-5421 for all of your automotive needs!

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