How to Jump Start a Car

Wondering how to jump start a car? If you’re stranded near Lakeway, this no-frills guide from the Porsche Austin service center should help jump start your Porsche 911 or Cayenne! Follow our step-by-step instructions for jumpstarting a Porsche below and you’ll be able to avoid a car service fee. Though keep in mind, your battery being dead may mean it’s time for a new one, so visit our parts center near Lakeway for a replacement.

The Proper Way to Jump Start a Car

Jump starting a Porsche is no different from jumpstarting most other vehicles. To jump start a car battery, you’ll need a set of jumper cables and another vehicle. Though if you’re worried, you can always call a jump start car service like AAA. If you’re determined to do it yourself, find out how to properly jump start a car with these instructions:

  • Safely arrange the vehicles so the car with the good battery can park facing your Porsche with the dead battery. Make sure both vehicles are turned off. Check to make sure both parking brakes are engaged.
  • Open both hoods and find the batteries. You may need to remove a plastic hood to expose the battery terminals.
  • Identify the positive and negative terminals. Make sure they’re clean and free of any corrosion.
  • Connect the red clamp to the positive post on the dead battery.
  • Uncoiling the battery cable, hook the other red clamp to the positive terminal of the battery with the charge.
  • Connect the black clamp to the negative post on the good battery. 
  • For the final clamp, connect it to an unpainted metal surface on the car’s frame.
  • Once everything is hooked up securely, start the engine of the vehicle with the good battery first, then the one with the dead battery.
  • Once the dead vehicle has been jump-started, carefully remove the jumper cables in the reverse order that they were placed on, then shut off the car that was used to help jump-start the dead car.
  • Keep the engine running on the restarted vehicle for at least 10 minutes to ensure that the weak battery doesn’t die again right away. Consult your Porsche owner’s manual for more info on recommended times.

More Battery Tips and Tricks

If your car won’t jump start, it may be time for a new battery. It may also be a sign of a more serious problem. Take these steps to troubleshoot the issue:

  • If you try and start the car but only hear a clicking sound, the starter might not be functioning. Schedule service at Porsche Austin near Round Rock and we’ll find out exactly what the problem is..
  • If the electrical systems of the car turns on, but the engine fails to turn over, the problem could be a number of issues. The ignition switch, battery, starter, or a fuse could be the malfunctioning. It’s worth bringing your vehicle to a service center so they can diagnose the issue.
  • Be sure to keep your vehicle running for a while after getting the jump. That allows the battery to recharge fully after it’s been drained.

Turn to Porsche Austin for Service

Whether you need help with a new battery or an oil change, the Porsche Austin service center is ready and willing to assist you. Our service technicians are just a short trip from Round Rock and Bee Cave. Stop by and we’ll have a look under the hood, or sell you the genuine Porsche parts you need to do the job at home. Schedule a visit today!

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Porsche Club of America members who display their current membership card at the time of write-up will enjoy a 10% discount on the labor charges for their repair, up to a maximum of $400 savings. We recognize you have a choice when servicing your Porsche and appreciate your loyalty to Porsche Austin.

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