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May 27, 2022

Learn How to Bring Your Dead Car Battery Back to Life!

Car trouble can come in various forms — from flat tires to alternator problems to radiator leaks. Another pesky issue that frustrates a lot of drivers is a car battery that suddenly conks out. This can be extremely annoying when you’re rushing to an important meeting or when you’re getting ready for an epic road trip.

If your set of wheels has been parked in the garage for far too long, don’t be surprised to find a dead battery under the hood. Despite this, be glad to know that you can easily rev up your car battery with a good jump-start.


Here’s How to Jump-Start a Dead Car Battery Like a Pro

While you’ll always have the option to leave the task to a professional, knowing the basics of jump-starting a dead battery is surely worth it. To help you get started, Veteran Car Donations shares these jump-start essentials to get your car running in no time.

  1. Be prepared for this contingency.

Your car owner’s manual spells out everything you need to know about your vehicle, including jump-starting a dead battery. Along with a pair of jumper cables, you’d want to have this book of instructions in your car at all times.

  1. Position your car correctly.

You’ll need another vehicle with a working battery to get the juice from. Be sure to park your car and the rescue vehicle close enough to allow you to connect the cables. While you’re at it, don’t let the vehicles touch to avoid a short. Turn off both vehicles’ ignitions, lights, and accessories before you attach the cables.

  1. Double-check all connections.

Identify the positive terminal on your dead car battery (labeled “POS” or “+”), and clamp the red cable to it. The other end of this red cable should be attached to the working battery’s positive terminal.

Similarly, clamp the black cable to the working battery’s negative terminal (labeled “NEG” or “-“) before connecting the other end to the car with the weak battery. The black clip should be attached to an unpainted metal surface such as the engine block far from the battery. This grounds the circuit and avoids sparking issues.

  1. Let both vehicles run.

You need to start the rescue car first and allow it to run for a couple of minutes. It may take a while for the dead battery to revive if it’s drained. Next, try to start your vehicle.

Continue running the rescue vehicle for a few more minutes if your vehicle doesn’t start. However, if it does start, be sure not to turn it off. Disconnect all cables in precisely the reverse order for safety. Start with the black cable attached to the dead battery, then the working battery. Continue with the red cable and the working battery, then the dead battery.


Is It Time to Part Ways with Your Car?

If you’re dealing with auto issues far more troublesome than just a dead battery, then perhaps it’s time to get your hands off that problematic car. Instead of driving it to the nearest car graveyard, consider donating it to us at Veteran Car Donations. We’ll use your donation to help underprivileged and neglected veterans in your community live decent and dignified lives.

Our team will put your vehicle up for auction, with the proceeds going to our veteran-focused nonprofit partners. These IRS-certified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations cater to former U.S. service members who are homeless, unable to find decent jobs, and suffering from disabilities and serious illnesses, including mental health issues.

Our charity partners use the funding we give them to provide their beneficiaries with free medical care, psychotherapy services, financial aid, housing assistance, family support, educational scholarships, employment opportunities, and many other benefits.

You will also benefit from your charitable contribution since you’ll get to enjoy our free pickup and towing service anywhere in the United States. You’ll also love our quick, simple, and convenient donation process where you don’t have to do any paperwork. On top of that, you’ll have the privilege of receiving the maximum tax deduction in the next tax season.

However, these material rewards are nothing compared to the joy of knowing that you’re helping uplift the lives of our nation’s heroes.

We accept almost all vehicle types, including those that are no longer working properly.

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to call us anytime through our toll-free hotline at 877-594-5822 or you may write to us here. Check out our FAQs page for more information on our donation program.


Help Our Nation’s Heroes Today!

Your donation will help our nation’s hurting heroes get back on their feet. Your car donation will be your way of thanking them for their invaluable service to our nation. Call Veteran Car Donations at 877-594-5822 or fill out our secure online donation form now!

Veteran Car Donations operates in all 50 states.

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