Dangers Of Doing A Jump Start Car Yourself
Yes, it can be dangerous to jump start your car yourself. When it’s possible, it’s safer to call a professional to boost your battery. Before you try it yourself, there are a few things you should know.
Did you know a damaged battery has the potential to start a fire when you place the jumper cables on the battery terminals? That’s because car batteries contain sulfuric Acid. Sulfuric Acid can change to a vapor that can leak out of vents that are highly flammable. When Jumper cables touch each other, they can spark, possibly igniting these vapors, which can cause a fire or, even worse, an explosion. Therefore not jump starting your car correctly could cause serious injury to you and any by-standard.
It would be best if you never jump start your car in the rain because water is a very good conductor of electricity. While the risk of electrocution is low, an electric arc could cause damage your car’s electrical system.
There are many more electrical components built inside cars today. Improperly hooking up your jumper cables can cause harm to the electronics. Placing the clamps on the wrong terminals can short circuit or even damage parts beyond repair.
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