Step 1: Preparing for Jump-Start
Before initiating the jump-start process, gather the necessary tools:
- Jump Starter Box or Jumper Cables
Step 2: Accessing the Dead Battery
- Unlock the Driver’s Door: Use the emergency key to unlock the driver’s door. If needed, pry out the cover to expose the key tumbler.
- Turn Off Ignition: Ensure the ignition is turned off and remove the key to avoid electrical issues.
- Open the Hood: Pull the hood release under the dashboard and lift the hood.
Step 3: Connecting Jumper Cables
- Locate the Battery: Find the battery on the driver’s side of the vehicle.
- Expose the Terminal: Lift the cover from the positive battery post to expose the terminal.
- Connect Cables:
- Attach the red (+) cable to the positive terminal.
- Connect the black (-) cable to the frame (use caution if connecting directly to the negative terminal).
- If using another car, connect the other ends of the cables to the helper car’s positive and negative terminals.
Step 4: Jump-Starting Process
- Start Helper Vehicle: Start the helper vehicle and let it idle.
- Start Your Nissan: Get inside your Nissan and start the engine. If the dashboard powers up, and you hear a clicking noise, ensure the clamps make good contact. Allow the battery to charge for a few minutes and try again.
Additional Tips and Considerations
- Always exercise caution to avoid injury, especially around the engine area.
- Ensure both vehicles are in park before jump-starting.
Allow the vehicle with the newly-started battery to run for at least 10 minutes. This allows the alternator to charge the battery for future starts.
Common Issues and Solutions
Why Your Car Won’t Jump-Start
If your car frequently needs a jump-start, you may have a bad battery. Have it inspected and consider ordering a new one from a local Nissan dealership.
If you hear a clicking sound but the engine won’t start, there may be an issue with your starter. In this case, calling a tow truck for further inspection is advisable.
Electrical System Problems
If lights and other electric systems work but the engine won’t start, it could be an issue with the ignition switch, battery, starter, or a blown fuse. Consult with a certified Nissan service technician for identification and resolution.