Do jumper cables go bad?

I keep jumper cables in my car just in case I ever need to jump my battery, but I’ve had this set for several years. Do jumper cables ever go bad?

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Answer provided by
Megan Lebron
Answered on Apr 29, 2022
Jumper cables technically don’t “go bad,” but they can deteriorate over time, which would cause them to be less efficient. It’s recommended that you get a new pair of jumper cables every three years or so, especially if they don’t get used very often.
Here are some things to look for to let you know your jumper cables are wearing out:
  • Any visibly exposed metal wire
  • Fraying of the wires near the clamps
  • Corrosion or rust on the clamps themselves
Keeping jumper cables (that are in good condition) in your vehicle can help keep you prepared, but if something unexpected comes up, make sure you’ve got the right car insurance coverage.
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