Hey Atlanta Car Owners, Do You Know How to Jumpstart a Dead Battery?

We’ve all been there and we all know how it feels. To put it simply, having a dead battery can really throw off your day. Compound that with Murphy’s Law and it always seems to happen at the worst times too.

So what causes you battery to kick the bucket? It can be a number of things, actually. Relying on the battery to do all of the work is the biggie. Like leaving your headlights or radio on for a prolonged period of time, or repeatedly forgetting to turn off an interior light. With out the engine running, your alternator can’t recharge the battery and it will die quickly. There are some easily avoidable issue as well such as loose battery cables, jumping another car when your battery was weak or having the wrong size battery in your car. Of course, the one issue that you probably can’t avoid is is a faulty alternator. Your alternator is recharges your battery and supplies electricity to your car. If that goes, well, we’ll just call that the worst case scenario.

The good news is that you can usually see the signs of a weak battery. If your power windows, or automatic locks aren’t moving as quickly as they normally do, or your interior lights don’t seem as bright, your battery may be weak. Unfortunately, there are times when you won’t see it coming at all. This is why I always recommend keeping a set of jumper cables in the car and knowing how to properly use them.

I know, this might seem like a “no brainer”, but you’d be surprised to find out that there are a lot of people out there who not only don’t carry jumper cables with them, but probably wouldn’t know how to use them if they did. Check out this video below on how to safely jump start a car.

Really, jumping a car is like riding a bicycle. Once you’ve done it, you’ll probably never forget how to do it again. If you have any questions at all, or would like an expert to walk you through it, you can always swing by an see our pros at Southtowne Motors of Newnan. We’re always happy to help.

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