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Preventative Maintenance for Novices

Even if you’ve never picked up a wrench before, you can learn how to maintain your own vehicle and cut your car repair expenses by doing simple repairs. How do I know? Because, with the help of some books on car repair and some online research, I learned how to do my own maintenance and minor repairs on my vehicle. I started this blog to help others learn the same skills. Here’s where you can learn which tools you need to have and what supplies to keep on hand. Find out how to locate used parts and save money where ever possible. Knowing how to do DIY car maintenance and repairs can save you a lot of money every year.



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How To Boost A Dead Battery

Having a dead battery can leave you stranded at the most inconvenient times. Fixing the problem can be easy and done yourself if you have another working car and a pair of booster cables. Boosting a car battery is fairly simple and anyone can do it if they follow the simple steps outlined below.

1 - Pull a working vehicle right up close to the car with the dead battery. It would be helpful to pull up so the engines are face one another. Make sure that you are close enough for the battery cables to reach the other car.

2 - On the working vehicle but turn off the lights and radio to allow the other car to  draw as much power as possible once the cables are connected.

3 - Connect the positive cable, indicated by a + sign on the cable, to the positive post on the dead car's battery. Make sure that you have a clean connection when you connect the cable to ensure that there is nothing that can interfere with the flow of power. Be careful to make sure that the cables do not touch one another after the initial connection is made as it could cause electrocution.

4 - Connect the other positive cable to the positive post on the good working vehicle's battery.

5 - Connect the negative cable to the negative post on the on the good working vehicle's battery.

6 - Connect the other negative cable onto a piece of metal on the engine block of the car with dead battery. You can use the head of a bolt or nut to ensure that the cables are grounded. Do not place the negative cable on the dead battery at any point.

7 - Start the good working vehicle and let it run for a couple of minutes to charge the dead battery.

8 - After a couple minutes attempt to start the car with the dead battery and the battery should be charged enough to allow it to start. After the car is started let us run for a minimum of thirty minutes to ensure that the battery is properly charged back up.

If the steps outlined above do not start your car's dead battery then you could have another mechanical problem preventing the car from starting. You should call a towing company and have it transported back to a mechanic's garage, like Lynwood Firestone, where they can have the car properly inspected.