Battery Jump

How to Jump Start a Car

If your battery has died, you may be able to use jumper cables to jump start it from some good Samaritan’s vehicle. If you can safely use jumper cables on your vehicle, make sure that the battery on the good Samaritan’s vehicle has at least as much voltage as your own. As long as you hook up the cables properly, it doesn’t matter whether your vehicle has negative ground and the GS’s vehicle has positive ground, or your vehicle has an alternator and the GS’s vehicle has a generator.

  • Take out your jumper cables.

    It’s a good idea to buy a set of jumper cables and keep them in the trunk compartment. If you don’t have jumper cables, you have to find a good Samaritan who not only is willing to assist you but who has jumper cables as well.

  • Place both vehicles in Park or Neutral and shut off the ignition in both cars.

    Engage both parking brakes as well.

  • Attach one of the red clips to the positive terminal of your battery.

    It has “POS” or “+” on it, or it’s bigger than the negative terminal.

  • Attach one of the black clips to the negative terminal on the other battery.

 

  • Attach the last black clip to an unpainted metal surface on your car that isn’t near the battery.

    Use one of the metal struts that holds the hood open.

    The cables should look like this.

  • Start the working vehicle and let the engine run for a few minutes.
  • Try to start your vehicle.

    If it won’t start, make sure that the cables are properly connected and have the good Samaritan run his or her engine for five 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, don’t shut off your engine! 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.
Towing Service

Plan Ahead for Summer Fun on the Road

For many American families, summer means driving season. If you’re planning a trip, it’s important to make a few preparations before you leave the driveway.

To get ready for summer driving, the experts at Firestone Complete Auto Care recommend drivers take the following steps:

– Consider what you’re taking. If you’re mounting a storage shell or towing a trailer, make sure your vehicle’s in good condition. Verify that you have the fittings to attach your storage unit or trailer to your vehicle properly. Always check your tires’ air pressure, especially if you’re carrying extra weight.

– Consider whether you need to use low gears. If you’re in the mountains, switching into low gear can reduce wear on your vehicle’s brake systems. Have your brake and transmission systems inspected by your automotive service professional before you set off on your trip.

– If you are going off-road, make sure your vehicle is up to the task. As you should before any trip, check that your tires are properly inflated and aligned and that they appear in good condition. Make sure that your spare tire is in tip-top shape -; after all, you’ll need to make it back to the pavement if you have a flat tire. Finally, check the vehicle manual to make sure you know how to safely operate your vehicle’s 4-wheel-drive system.

– Think about fuel use. If you add a storage shell, tow a trailer or use 4-wheel drive, your fuel efficiency will drop. Since you’ll be consuming fuel at a faster rate than you’re used to, it’s important to keep an eye on the gas gauge -; especially if you’ll be in a remote or unfamiliar area.

– Prepare an emergency kit. Keep a few emergency items handy. Include a flashlight, first aid kit, cell phone charger, water, and non-perishable food, a properly inflated spare tire, jumper cables and your auto club membership. If you’ll be in a very remote area, consider bringing a tent or other shelter.

Taking the time to plan and prepare for your summer adventures can help keep you and your family safe on the road.

About Hook’D Towing

We are a family owned and operated Towing Provider here to serve our community and customers with the highest level of professionalism, reliability, and safety needed to get your vehicle to its final destination.
The most dreaded call is the one you have to make to your local tow company, letting them know your car is having a problem and it won’t get you where you need to go. This unexpected vehicle breakdown can be super frustrating and extremely time-consuming.
What makes this even worse, is that your local tow guy said he would be there in an hour, and it’s now going on 2 or 3 hours.
At Hook’D towing, we strive to have the fastest response times in our area, while making sure our customers are well taken care of. We treat our customers as if they were our brother, sister, mother or father.
A little about us:
We are a locally owned business, in Prosper, Tx. Lori, the wife, and co-owner is an early education teacher, blessed with 3 active beautiful children. Chris, husband, and co-owner (commonly referred to as a 4th child, have been in this line of work for almost 7 years, with a diverse background including Telecommunication, Automotive Sales, and Commercial Food Management. Our motivation is our kids and the local community. We want our values to shine thru our business on to our customers.
“One call and you’re HOOKED ”