There are few things quite so frustrating for the owner of an automobile than a dead battery. Even those who visit their MINI service department for regular maintenance can occasionally find themselves in need of a jump, and when that happens, it’s important for MINI of Bedford customers to know how to go about doing such a thing safely.

How to Jump a MINI Vehicle

Jumping a vehicle safely is possible by following just a few simple steps:

  1. Place your MINI vehicle in Park or Neutral and shut off both vehicles. We also suggest engaging both parking brakes.
  2. Start by attaching one of the red clips to the positive (+) terminal of the dead battery. Typically, this positive terminal is larger than the negative terminal, if you’re having a hard time identifying it.
  3. Attach the other red clip to the other vehicle’s positive terminal.
  4. Next, attach the first black clip to the other vehicle’s negative (-) terminal.
  5. Finally, attach the other black clip to an unpainted metal service in the vehicle with the dead battery.
  6. Once the cables are all hooked up, start the working vehicle, allowing the engine to run for a few minutes.
  7. Finally, try to start your vehicle. We suggest taking your vehicle right to your MINI Cooper dealership to get yourself a new battery so the same thing doesn’t happen to you again the next time you turn off your vehicle.

What if the Vehicle Doesn’t Start?

Check your connections if the vehicle won’t start, and then give the above process another go. If even that doesn’t work, it’s possible that your battery is simply dead and requires replacement.

Here at MINI of Bedford, we’re always happy to deal with a dead or dying battery, so call us to help troubleshoot, and remember that if it’s time for a new one, we’ve got plenty in stock to get your MINI vehicle running properly again.