If you've never found yourself stuck on the side of the road with a dead battery, you should consider yourself lucky. However, there will likely come a time when you’ll be faced with this situation. It’s a good idea to know what to do ahead of time. When your battery dies, you’ll be able to spring into action with the following steps. You’ll be back on the road in no time without having to call for help.

Step One

You’ll need to find another driver that is willing to help you out. Try to find someone that has a vehicle that’s about the same as yours. The manufacturer doesn’t matter, but try to stick with the same powertrain.

Step Two

Locate the jumper cables that are in your vehicle.

Step Three

Both vehicles should be in ‘Park,’ and you’ll want to turn off both of their ignitions.

Step Four

Attach the red jumper cable to your positive terminal on your battery. You should see a plus sign or a POS on the battery.

Step Five

Take the other end of the red cable and attach it to the positive terminal on the other vehicle’s battery.

Step Six

There is a black cable that is part of your jumper cable set. The black cables will get attached to the negative terminal that is on the working vehicle’s battery. Make sure that you do not connect the black cable to your negative terminal.

Step Seven

The other end of the black cable should be attached to any unpainted surface on your vehicle made of metal. The most common location is the metal struts that are part of your hood.

Step Eight

Have the other person with the good battery start their vehicle. Let it run for a minute or so, and then you should attempt to start your vehicle.

Step Nine

You may need to try the process a couple of times, but your vehicle should start. If you can’t get your engine to turn over, then you may need to contact roadside assistance for help. There might be a problem with your battery that needs professional attention.

Step Ten

If your engine starts, make sure that you drive it for at least 15 minutes before turning it off again. This will allow your battery to charge itself again fully.

If you jump-start your vehicle, but you find that your battery is dead again the next time you try to start it up, you probably have reached the end of life of your vehicle’s battery. You can reach out to FIAT of Scottsdale if you want to inquire about purchasing a new battery that will provide you with the reliability you’re looking for.