Jumpstarting your car is not uncommon. There is nothing more frustrating than trying to figure out why your car won’t turn on or why there are 10 lights flashing on your dashboard. It is important to remember not to just jumpstart your car the second something is wrong.
So, here are 3 signs that can help you understand when to jumpstart your car.
Car Engine Won’t Start
If you hit the start button or turn your key in the ignition, and nothing happens, your car battery is most likely dead. This can be for many different reasons, such as leaving headlights on, loose battery connections, or extremely hot or cold temperatures. You can jumpstart your car once you have established that your car battery is clearly dead.
Engine Is Cranking
If you press the start button or turning your key in the ignition and hearing a chugging sound, it means your engine is cranking. But, you most likely will only hear the chugging sound and your car will not fully start. There is a chance that after a few tries your engine may start up. However, you may need to bring out the jumper cables in order to give it an extra boost so your car doesn’t give you problems when you are driving it.
Your Battery is Old
Every car battery has a lifespan. On average, you should get your car battery replaced every 4-5 years. If you haven’t gotten your battery replaced or serviced, then chances are it will die unexpectedly. You can jumpstart your car as many times as you can in this situation, but you may find that it won’t work at some point. If this is the case, you may need to replace your car battery to prevent any further issues.
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