Subaru Dealership in NJ Helps Drivers Stay Out of Sticky Situations

Subaru service center in NJWhether you’re headed to work or away for the weekend, chances are that getting stuck on the side of the road isn’t part of your plan. While you might not expect car trouble, there are certain steps that you can take to make sure you’re ready for common problems.

At our Subaru dealership in NJ, we believe that all of our customers should take some time to make sure they’re ready for the unexpected no matter where they’re headed. One of the most common problems that drivers tend to encounter is a dead battery, but this is an easy fix for drivers who are prepared to handle the situation.

Safety is Key When Using Jumper Cables

NJ Subaru service specialsUsing jumper cables is really a relatively simple process; the trick, of course, is having them when you need them. It’s a good idea for every driver to pick up a sturdy set of jumper cables and keep them in the trunk. Whether you use them to jump your own car or to help out another motorist, they can be a real life saver.

Before jumping your vehicle using another car, make sure that the two vehicles are parked without touching one another, with the engines shut off. It’s also a good idea to have insulated gloves with your cables, and to inspect your cables to ensure they’re in good shape before using them.

Once you’re ready, identify the positive and negative cables and battery terminals. In most cases, these are marked with the color red or the (+) symbol indicating the positive and the color black or the (-) symbol indicating the negative.

Attach the cables to the terminals in the following order: the positive cable to the positive terminal of the dead car, the positive cable to the booster car’s positive terminal, and the negative cable to the negative terminal of the booster car. Lastly, clamp the negative cable to a stationary, bare metal surface – a bolt, for instance – on the engine of the dead car.

Once everything is set, start the booster car and let it idle for a few minutes. Then you can try to start the dead car. If successful, let it idle for a few minutes before unhooking the cables in the reverse order you attached them.

If you’re unable to jump your vehicle, you’ll need to have a service vehicle or tow truck come to your location. If your car does start, it’s still a good idea to come in for service; a dead battery can be indicative of other problems, and it’s better to have it checked than to find yourself stranded again on your next drive.

To learn more about how you can prepare for the unexpected, or to schedule an appointment at our NJ Subaru service center, be sure to contact us online or to call Subaru of Morristown directly at (866) 868-4009 today!

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