Arriving home very late one evening I am greeted by the yells of my wife in the chicken yard, snake, snake she’s yelling hysterically. So out of my van I leap and on goes the super hero act.
Well snake there certainly was, one of the biggest Olive Pythons you are ever likely to encounter and stuffed inside it were two of my show winning Polish hens. (It is always the good ones they get).
Anyway with much manoeuvring and bravery on my part the snake was captured and placed into a bag for disposal the next morning. Once peace had descended back on the chook yard, off came the super hero act and a couple of cold beers were in order.
Next morning I realise my lights had been on all night, curse that snake, now I had a flat battery to deal with. Lucky I’m a mobile auto electrician in my day job!
If you have a flat battery you have three choices of action, use jump start leads to jump start the car yourself, attempt a push start (if it’s not an automatic vehicle) or ring your mobile auto electrician.
So what to do when you are going to attempt to jump start the car yourself.
1/ check all lights and ignition are off, hand brake is on and the car is out of gear or in park if an automatic car.
2/ if your battery is not a non-maintenance model you need to check the water level
3/ check the battery terminals are clean.
4/ before you connect the cables ensure the jump start vehicle is running, the park brake is engaged and out of gear or in park if an automatic.
Connecting the jump start leads.
To avoid damage to both vehicles it is important that the jump start cables are connected correctly. Usually red to positive and black to negative on both the vehicle being started and the jump start vehicle.
Connect the positive on the flat battery first then the positive on jump vehicle then connect negative on the flat battery and lastly the negative on the jump start vehicle.
NOTE Some new car manufacturers recommend you do not jump start another vehicle as it may cause damage to the delicate electronics. Refer to your owner’s manual and if this is the case your only option is to call a mobile auto electrician who will utilise a jump start unit.
- PS. The snake is now happily living at the local tip, employed as the resident rodent control expert. Hope it enjoyed my chickens. Given his eye for quality, he could probably get a job as Chicken Judge at the next Katherine Show which occurs the 3rd Friday in July.
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