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How to Jump-Start a MINI Cooper

Every driver should know the proper way to jump-start a car – you never know when you’ll need the knowledge in San Francisco! Whether you need to jump-start a MINI Cooper or any other type of vehicle, the instructions are somewhat simple to follow. Learn how to jump-start a car with the service pros at East Bay MINI below!

How to Properly Jump-Start a Car

If you need a MINI Cooper jump-start, the first two things you need are a pair of jumper cables and another vehicle with a working battery. You could also reach out to a jump-start car service from Oakland or Livermore for professional help. Once you have your cables and another driver who can help, follow these steps to jump-start a car battery:

  1. If possible, park the car with the good battery so that it’s grille-to-grille with your vehicle. If you can’t manage this, have them park directly next to you.
  2. Pop the hood of each vehicle and locate their batteries. There might be a plastic hood you need to remove to expose the battery terminals.
  3. Identify your positive and negative terminals. They should be clean and free of corrosion.
  4. Connect the red clamp to the positive post on the dead battery.
  5. Connect the other red clamp to the positive terminal of the charged battery.
  6. Connect the black clamp to the negative post on the good battery.
  7. The final black clamp should be connected to an unpainted metal surface on your car’s frame.
  8. Once you’re sure you have everything connected where it should be, start the engine of the car with the good battery, then start the engine of the car with the dead battery.
  9. After jump-starting the car with the dead battery, remove the jumper cables in the reverse order of which they were connected. Shut the engine off of the car that was used to perform the jump-start.
  10. Leave your engine running for at least 10 minutes to be sure the battery doesn’t die again right away.

Jump-Start Car Service With MINI Roadside Assistance

New MINI Cooper vehicles come with MINI Roadside Assistance for the first four years/unlimited miles of ownership. If you can’t get assistance from another driver or prefer to let a MINI professional handle your MINI Cooper jump-start, just call the MINI Roadside Assistance phone number at 1-866-646-4772 for 24/7 assistance!

What if Your Car Won’t Jump-Start?

If your car won’t jump-start, it’s likely that you need a battery replacement. However, this could also be a sign of a more serious problem. Troubleshoot the issue by following these steps:

  1. If you hear a clicking sound when you attempt to start the vehicle, it could be caused by a malfunctioning starter.
  2. If your electrical systems turn on but the engine won’t turn over, there could be a number of underlying issues. The ignition switch, battery, starter, or fuse are all possible culprits, so you’ll want to schedule a service appointment without delay to make things right.
  3. Did you let your vehicle run for a while after jump-starting it? It’s essential to do so, as this allows the battery to fully recharge after being drained.

Rely On East Bay MINI for Battery Service!

If your car won’t jump-start and you need battery service, you can rely on the experts at East Bay MINI! Our MINI technicians are factory-trained to know every intricacy of your vehicle and can get it back in working order in a timely manner. Contact us with any additional questions, and be sure to check out our service specials for a great price on battery maintenance and more!

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