How to Jump a Dead Battery

How to Jump a Dead Battery

Even if you have roadside assistance, knowing how to jump a dead battery is vital when you’re on the road. Whether you’re commuting home or heading out on a vacation, waiting for help to arrive is the last thing you want to do. Instead of waiting for roadside assistance to show up, you could jump the dead battery yourself. If you don’t know how, let us here at Wiesner of Huntsville help you out!

  1. Start off by identifying the positive and negative battery terminals and jumper cables. The positive sides are normally red while the negative are usually black.
  2. Once you’ve identified the positive and negatives, it’s time to start connecting cables. Attach the positive end of the jumper cable to the dead battery’s positive terminal. Attach the other end to the live battery’s positive terminal.
  3. Attach one end of the negative cable to the live battery’s negative terminal.
  4. Attach the other end of the negative cable to an unpainted piece of metal near the battery. Jumping posts and engine bolts are good spots.
  5. Make sure everything is secure, then start the car with the live battery.
  6. Let it idle for a few minutes.
  7. Start the car with the dead battery. If it starts, move on to the next step. If it doesn’t, let the car idle for a few more minutes then try again or call for help.
  8. Let both cars idle for a few minutes before disconnecting cables.
  9. Disconnect the cables in the reverse order you attached them.

We here at Wiesner of Huntsville wish you safe travels no matter where you’re headed.

2016 Chevrolet Volt Ads Attack Competition

Chevrolet is rolling out the next generation Volt for the 2016 model year and the forthcoming ads aren’t friendly—the 2016 Chevrolet Volt ads are taking aim at competitors like the Nissan Leaf and Toyota Prius. The ads challenge the competitor’s range and battery technology compared to that of the Volt.

The two ads will have their internet debut later this fall. The first ad takes aim at the electric Nissan Leaf’s range. The comparison to Volt targets range anxiety, a common fear of running out of power on the road.

2016 Chevrolet Volt

The Toyota Prius will take its place on the chopping block next. The second ad targets the Prius’s nickel metal hydride battery technology by comparing it to the technology of the late 1990s. The Volt runs on more advanced lithium ion batteries.

“We’re going to go head-to-head with Leaf and Prius,” said Tim Mahoney, Chevrolet’s global chief marketing officer. “The ads allow Chevrolet to talk in one way and they allow Chevrolet’s personality to come through. We’re going to be taking more risks.”

The attack ads feature actual consumers – not actors – and are similar to the Chevrolet Silverado ad that took aim at the F-150’s aluminum frame.

The 2016 Volt was rebuilt from the ground up and began shipping in late September to dealers in 11 states. That model will see a shortened year and the 2017 Volt will launch nationally early next year.

We here at Wiesner of Huntsville can’t wait to see how the new Volt exceeds our expectations!