Going out to your car and realising that it does not start is not a pleasant surprise. If your vehicle has not been causing you any problems, it is most likely that the battery has been discharged. In these cases, you have several options: call your insurance company and request a tow truck service and a mechanic to recharge the battery or you can save avoid the waiting time and charge it on your own.
If you note that there is still some energy left in the car, you can always ask a few people to help you by pushing the car while you try to get it going. If this works, then you just need to keep the car running for about 20 minutes to fully recharge your battery 100%
If this does not work, knowing how to recharge your battery is not an easy task, especially if you do not have one of those little machines to do it for you. If you don’t have one of these devices, you can try with the help of another car battery and a set of jump leads. Make sure that the battery of the other car has an amperage similar to yours.
How to charge your car battery?
- Both cars must have the engines off and the bonnets up, attach the red cable clamp on the positive battery terminal on both batteries and the black cable clamps on the negative terminal.
- Start the engine of the car with the charged battery, accelerate a little and leave it on for a few minutes so that the battery is full of energy. This is to not overexert your car when trying to start the engine.
- After a few minutes, turn off the car with the charged battery and then immediately try to start yours.
- If your engine starts straight away then remove the battery clamps in the reverse way as to when we put them on, taking special care that they do not rub against any metal part of the car or between each other.
- Do not turn off your car, try to drive the car for at least 20 minutes so that the battery returns to its normal charge level.
Once you've learned how to charge your car battery on your own, you'll probably want to always carry a set of these cables in your boot and to prevent having to wait for service from a tow truck and mechanic.