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Why you Shouldn’t Jump your Car Yourself

Jumping a carAlthough jumping your car seems easy, and most likely the quickest solution, there are good reasons not to jump your car yourself, even when things are frustrating.

  • Eye Hazards: If you are talking standard lead-acid batteries, you should be wearing safety goggles. Seriously, you risk serious damage to your eyes from sparks and corrosive acids like sulfuric acid.
  • Explosion Hazards: It may not be common, but short circuits can boil acids that release vapors that risk explosion.
  • Lifting Hazards: If you find it necessary to lift the battery from its perch, you must remember it will be quite heavy. Consider the position from which you are lifting and try not to bend or twist at the waist.
  • Fire Hazards: Batteries produce flammable gases while being charged. The gas will expand and try the vent caps where a spark can ignite it in your face.
  • Skin Hazards: Sturdy work gloves offer protection against pinches and bruises, but they also save you from fire and acid burns.
  • Tool Hazards: Leaving tools on or near the battery risks short circuits, as do poor quality jumper cables with damaged terminal clips.
  • Technology Hazards: Today’s vehicles are so heavily dependent on complex computer technology that you do not want to risk upsetting the systems. Computers do not like voltage spikes in electricity, and the average car owner does not know how to manage that.
  • Water Hazards: While cables, batteries, and vehicle metal conduct electricity, you are at serious risk when standing in water. So, think about that when standing in the snow or rainwater.
  • Jumping a car yourselfAmateur Hazards: That same “average car owner” fails to follow the operator’s manual if available. He or she will bring the cars so close they touch, and they will attach the cables haphazardly.

When two vehicles don’t share the same battery type they should never come into contact with each other. However, if you feel it is necessary to jump the vehicle yourself, both engines must be off and the positive cable attached to the positive battery post on the dead battery before attachment to the working one. Once the negative cable clip is attached to the negative post on the dead battery, you can then, and only then, attach the negative cable to another metal surface under the hood. Keep in mind you never attach the negative clamp to the negative post of the live battery.

Now, with winter coming, Pennsylvania drivers know they will face bad starts in cold and snow. Still, they are cautioned not to risk jumping their car battery on their own.

What to do?

With winter coming, you have time to make an appointment for a battery check-up on your Nissan or other car at the service center for Montgomeryville Nissan at 991 Bethlehem Pike. There you will have the confidence to approach the winter on your own terms.

While you are there, you might also take the time to look at what new Nissan models have to offer, such as the 2014 Nissan Murano and look into the service department’s ability to serve your unanticipated winter needs.