It’s just easier to call Dad

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Richard Perry.

■ By Richard Perry / Contributed

Greetings from the Hemet Car Guy!

The other day our daughter, Liberty, called from home (luckily) and said she thinks her battery might be dead because she remembers that her car has been slow to start recently after the car sits for awhile.
My response was, “No problem; there is a jumper cable in the garage, just jump start the car, drive it here, and we’ll install a new battery.” There was a moment of silence on the other end of the line.
I suddenly realized that I had never shown the girls how to jump start a car.
That’s something they should know how to do – even if they have AAA roadside service. Let me tell you, they are now all getting roadside kits that include jumper cables. This column’s one for you Liberty – and everyone else who needs to know how to jump a battery!
This instruction is for jumper cables – and a willing person with a car.

1) Place both vehicles in park or neutral
2) Shut off the ignition on both cars.
3) Engage both parking brakes.
4) To jump start a car, you’ll need to make sure you connect the jumper cables in the proper order.
5) Attach one of the red clips to the positive terminal of your battery.
a) The battery terminal has “POS” or “+” on it, or it’s bigger than the negative terminal.
6) Attach the other red clip to the positive terminal of the other car.
7) Attach one of the black clips to the negative terminal on the other battery.
8) Attach your end of the black clip to a “ground,” such as an unpainted metal surface on your car that isn’t near the battery.
9) Start the working vehicle and let the engine run for a few minutes.
10) Start your vehicle.

If your car won’t start, make sure that the cables are properly connected and the other car has been running for a few minutes. Then try to start your car again. If it still won’t start, your battery may be beyond help.
If the jump works and your car starts, disconnect the cables in the reverse order that you attached them. Don’t shut off your engine yet! Drive around for at least 15 minutes to recharge your battery. If the car won’t start the next time you use it, the battery isn’t holding a charge and needs to be replaced.
Ultimately, if your car just doesn’t start, ok, then call Dad – or AAA.

Hope this helps
The Hemet Car Guy

Richard Perry is the Hemet Car Guy and owner of VIP Autos in Hemet. For more information, visit

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