How long does it usually take to jump start a car battery?

I've never jump started a battery before. How long does it take?

Answer
Jump starting a dead car battery is a quick and easy process that only takes a few minutes—even if you’ve never done it before.
To jump start your battery, use either a portable car charger that connects straight to the battery or connect jumper cables to the battery of another vehicle. Then, hop in your vehicle and fire up the engine.
If the battery is still good, your car should start right up. If the battery is bad, you might hear some clicking, but ultimately, your car won’t turn over. In this case, you usually need a new battery.
If your car starts, don’t turn off the engine! If you do, the alternator won’t continue to charge your battery and it will die once again. Instead, drive around for about 10 minutes and let the alternator give the battery some juice.
If this is a consistent problem, drive to your local auto parts store and have the battery tested. If it’s on its last leg, buy a new one, which will range from about $100 to $200.
If you’re having problems, you may want to consider adding towing and labor coverage to your car insurance. It functions just like roadside assistance, but instead of being a third-party provider, it’s tied to your car insurance rates.
If your insurance provider doesn’t offer towing and labor, you may want to shop around for a new car insurance company. Jerry can help you do just that. In the amount of time it takes to jump start a car battery, you can sign up and compare quotes from over 40 insurers.
Eric Schad
Answered on Dec 14, 2021
Eric Schad has been a freelance writer for nearly a decade, as well as an SEO specialist and editor for the past five years. Before getting behind the keyboard, he worked in the finance and music industries (the perfect combo). With a wide array of professional and personal experiences, he’s developed a knack for tone and branding across many different verticals. Away from the computer, Schad is a blues guitar shredder, crazed sports fan, and always down for a spontaneous trip anywhere around the globe.
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