There are many ways to take care of your car so that it can provide you with good service without having to make expensive mechanic visits. One of those ways is to understand what items you can purchase and keep in your garage to help you with vehicular maintenance.
A portable air compressor will be handy if you have heavy-duty vehicles that see regular hard-wear usage. Reinforced electronic jacks will allow anyone to change tires on bigger vehicles without breaking a sweat. A portable power bank charger can be easily stored in the vehicle in case of battery failure.
Understanding the use you make of your vehicle(s) is the best way to decide what equipment you need most. One of the most common causes of concern and inconvenience when using a vehicle is battery failure. This is a sign that you need to visit the mechanic before a more serious issue occurs. Knowing how to deal with the issue so you can get your car to the mechanic without calling a tow truck will save you both money and time.
Type of Car Matters in Battery Failure
The way to recover from a battery failure depends on the type of car you drive. The techniques used differ depending on if you have a manual or an automatic car. If you regularly use both types of cars, then it is a good idea to be ready for battery failure scenarios in both types.
Even if your technique works repeatedly, it is better to visit the mechanic, and it can be a sign of something else going wrong. The mechanic catching the issue in the early stages will save you the trouble and cost of getting major repairs done down the line.
How to Re-start a Manual Car
Manual cars require two people working together to get the car working again. The usual technique is called a push-start and requires the driver to use the car’s momentum to get the engine to turnover.
The driver will turn the key to the ‘On’ Position and put the car in second gear. Then, the helper must push the car while the driver remains inside to release the clutch. This will cause the transmission to turn over the engine, and the car will start.
It is best to get going right away and not give the battery a chance to fail again.
How to Re-Start an Automatic Car
Automatic cars with their automatic transmission are easier to re-start but also require help. Keep gloves and jumper cables in your car at all times as you never know when you will need them.
The helper must park their car as near to your car as possible. Then, while wearing the gloves, connect the terminals of the two batteries. The other car then charges your depleted battery till your car starts up.
Do not switch off the car again, as this will require you to repeat the whole process. You must keep the car running for a while to allow the battery to charge up again.
Nowadays, there are portable jump start devices that will allow you to jump-start your automatic car without depending on the helpfulness of strangers. These devices come in all shapes and with different functionalities. Some have a USB charging port for your phone, a charging station for flashlights, bright signal lights, and many more.
With some research, you should be able to find the right device to suit your needs. If you prefer to handle the situation yourself without waiting for someone else’s help, then a power bank jump-start device might be best for you. It is also a better way to keep your battery going if you need to keep using your vehicle for a while before going to the mechanic.