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5 July 2016

THE TRUTH ABOUT JUMP STARTS

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You get into your car and put the key into the ignition only to be greeted with that tell-tale sound of a flat battery.Those continuous clicks can unnerve even the calmest of people.

Try as you might, the battery won't budge and so, you go in search of a Good Samaritan.

With jumper-cables in outstretched hands you may find a willing accomplice – others may turn a blind eye citing damage to their car's battery.

To avoid the latter, equip yourself with the facts from MotorHappy.

So, can a jump start jeopardise your battery?

The simple answer is no. If it's done correctly, there should be no repercussions for either batteries. If it isn't, your Good Samaritan and your wallet won't be too pleased.

Follow this advice for a smooth, fuss-free and safe jump-start:

1. Ensure that both batteries have the same voltage. You can check this information in your owner's manual.

2. Park both vehicles on flat ground, close enough to connect the cables but far enough not to be touching.

3. Both cars should be in neutral gear or 'Park'. Also make sure that both handbrakes are up and both ignitions are off.

4. Attach the positive cable clamp to the positive terminal of the flat battery.

5. Attach the other end of the positive cable to the positive terminal of the good battery.

6. Attach the negative cable to the negative terminal of the good battery.

7. Attach the other end of the negative cable to an unpainted metal part of the engine (like one of the metal struts that holds your car's bonnet open) in the car with the weak battery.

8. Start the car with the good battery, let it charge the weak battery for a few minutes, then try to start the car with the weak battery.

If your car still doesn't start after a few attempts at a jump start, it's time to replace your battery.

Considering that the average lifespan of a car battery is one year, having Roadside Assistance (often included in Service Plans and Maintenance Plans) which offers free jump starts is always beneficial in case no one is around to help you.

If you have any unanswered servicing or maintenance questions - let us know and we'll answer them for you.

* All warranties (original or extended), service plans and maintenance plans differ in terms of features, benefits and, terms and conditions. This blog is for illustration purposes only. MotorHappy (PTY) LTD is an Authorised Financial Services Provider FSP 46123.

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