Recharge a Car Battery in Just a Few Steps
After a good day's work, what could be nicer than coming home? You try to start your car… nothing. Only a small "click" when you turn the key in the starter does not bode well. It's a safe bet that you will need to recharge your car battery.
What can Cause a Battery Failure:
- Long periods of downtime.
- Premature battery failure (chronic underload, overload, etc.).
- Forgetting to turn off the headlights, interior light, turn signals, radio or air conditioning after stopping the engine.
- Poor battery maintenance.
- A worn or defective voltage regulator or diode bridge.
- A very low temperature.
The Right Way to Recharge a Car Battery:
We hear all kinds of things about recharging a car battery. If done improperly, this easy procedure can cause injury.
Here are the steps to follow to safely charge a car battery.
What you Need
- Starter cables (crocodile clips) with a minimum length of three meters.
- A good samaritan whose car battery is functional and similar to yours.
What has to Be Done
- Determine the location of your battery (refer to the owner's manual if necessary).
- Apply the handbrake.
- Start the engine of the vehicle that came to assist you.
- Connect the red clamp to the positive terminal of the dead battery.
- Connect the other red clamp to the positive terminal of the functional battery.
- Connect the black clamp to the negative terminal of the functional battery.
- Connect the other black clamp to the engine block of your vehicle (to a metal component at least 30 cm away from the dead battery).
- Let the battery charge for a few minutes, then start your vehicle.
- Run the engine for a few minutes.
- Remove the black clamp from the engine block.
- Remove the black clip from the backup battery.
- Remove the red clamp from the backup battery.
- Remove the red clamp from your battery.
What You Should Not Do
- Do not recharge a frozen or damaged battery.
- Do not use damaged cables.
- Do not smoke near cars.
- Do not stick the two vehicles (you have to leave a space).
Despite your best efforts, your battery may have failed, or the problem may be with another component in your vehicle. Contact a mechanic.