Did you know that there’s a right way, and a wrong way, to jump-start a battery? By incorrectly trying to jump a vehicle, you could cause a ton of damage in the process.
How can you be sure that you’re getting the right kind of jump start? Unless you call Crossroad Vehicle Helper, the answer is that you can’t.
Although some batteries may not respond to jumper cables, most dead or dying batteries will. Even an empty battery will still have some level of charge left, and a jump will ensure that you have enough juice to get to the auto parts store.
Incorrectly jump starting a vehicle is a simple mistake to make. However, this goof can lead to a whole list of issues, and none of them are reasonable scenarios.
Today’s vehicles are far more advanced, meaning that there are more computer components in the “brain” of the car. These computers are easy to damage, and if jumped incorrectly, you could wind up frying one, or all, of them, leaving your vehicle permanently disabled.
Another common risk is starting an electrical fire. Fires are often initiated by hooking cables up incorrectly, or even backward.
These issues can also occur to the jumping vehicle. This is especially true if the cords are accidentally swapped, sending a surge of power through the already healthy battery, overloading it.