Was there ever a time when you turned the ignition switch but after a few tries, the engine won't turn on? This can be very alarming and can be taken as a sign that you have a dead battery. You cannot stay all night right where you are when this happens. You got to do something about the situation so that you can take your vehicle on the road. Get your jumper cables ready and jumpstart your Volvo car battery using these tips.
Make Sure You Have the Right Jumper Cables
One of the things that you need to do is check whether your jumper cables have the right length to help you when jumpstarting the car using a functioning car. Do not think that the longer the cable is, the better it will be for your situation. Yes, that choice may be convenient but take note too that when a cable is longer, the tendency is it will need to use more energy for it to transmit power from the functioning car to your car. It is better to be particular with the gauge of the cable. The principle is that the lower the cable's gauge, the stronger it is. The standard size is gauge six.
Ensure Safety for Everyone
If you had a dead battery with small children riding in the car with you, make sure that you secure them in a safe place, preferably away from the car's engine. Make sure the manual is there too so that you can check other safety measures that the car manufacturer recommends when jumpstarting your car. Electric shocks must be prevented. Never touch the metal clamps once you have connected the cable to another car or else you will be exposed to electric shocks. You must also wear protective gloves in the process.
Jumpstart the Car Battery Accordingly
The cars must be parked next to each other. Turn off their respective car engines and set the parking brakes too. One red clamp should be attached to the dead battery's positive terminal while the other clamp on the positive terminal of the functioning battery. Make sure that the partnered black clamp is attached to the functioning battery's negative terminal, with the partnered black clamp also attached to a clean bolt located on the engine block.
Now you can proceed to starting the functioning car, letting it run for a couple of seconds. Right after that, you can start the dead car and by now, it should turn on. In case it does not, you need to try revving the functioning car's engine. Once the dead car works, then you can disconnect the black jumper cables, followed by the red clamps. Make sure to test drive the car. Drive it within a short distance. This will help recharge the dead battery.
In case the car keeps on dying even with this attempt, then you can try things for a second time. In case it still dies after driving the car for a short distance, then you need to replace it. The battery must be too old to be able to start your car over again.