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How to Use a Car Battery Charger

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Last night I had the privilege of walking out to my car to try and start it, only to have it do absolutely nothing. It’s a frustrating thing to have happen, because of course it’s going to happen when you’re on your way somewhere and now your plans are foiled! Well if you’re handy and know what you’re doing, this situation happening to you could be just a small hiccup in your day. Thanks to our helpful friends at the Maryland Chrysler Dodge dealer, here’s what you need to know when it comes to using a car battery charger.

#1) It doesn’t matter if the battery is in your vehicle or taken out, you can use it either way.

#2) Become familiar with your battery charger. Read the instructions, and take note of any warnings on the charger. Every charger is a little different so it’s important to know how to use your particular model.

#3) Now that you’re ready to go, pop the hood and find your battery. For my truck, I have to remove the lid with a screwdriver, and pop it off to access the battery. If you’re not sure where the battery is in your car, a quick search of YouTube or Google can be a big help!

How to charge your car battery

#4) Once you’ve found your battery, you’re going to put the red clamp on the red (positive) post of the battery, and then the black clamp on the black (negative) post of the battery.

#5) Set the voltage of the charger. Mine has a setting for slow charge, fast charge, and jump start. So whatever it is that you’re going to be doing, make sure to set it accordingly.

#6) Plug in the battery charger and give it time to do it’s job if you’re charging it, or go ahead and start it if you are jumping it.

#7) When the job is finished, you’ll want to turn off the battery charger first. Then remove the clamps opposite from how you installed them. So you’ll want to remove the black clamp first, and then the red. Replace whatever covers or parts you moved when you opened the hood to get to your battery, then shut the hood. You’re ready to roll!

What is a time you went to go somewhere and found your car battery dead? It’s happened to me way too many times to count. Leave a comment and share your story!

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