Attach the Cables
Make sure that the batteries in both cars are
the same voltage. You won't find many six volt
batteries around anymore, but there's always the
chance. The voltage will generally be stated on top
of the battery, or look in the owner's manual.
- The cars should not be touching, and both
ignitions should be off.
- Each battery has two metal terminals on it.
One is marked positive (+); the other is
negative (-). Attach one end of one cable to the
dead battery's positive terminal.
- Attach the other end of the same cable to
the positive terminal of the battery in the
- Attach one end of the other cable to the
negative terminal of the battery in the starting
- Attach the other end of that cable to the
engine block, or frame, of the car with the dead
battery. Look for unpainted metal surfaces. Do not attach the negative cable to the
dead battery itself, and do not attach it to the
frame anywhere near the battery.