Charging a dead car battery isn't difficult, but you have to follow several precautions to do the job safely. Before you start, make sure all accessories and interior lights are off. Remove the negative ground cable first and clean the battery terminals with a brush and baking soda to minimize the amount of battery acid.

Follow the instructions that come with your battery charger. Make sure the charger is off before securing the positive cable on the charger to the positive terminal on the battery and doing the same with the negative cable and terminal. Stet the charger to the slowest charge rate and then turn on the timer.

A charger with a 5-amp charge rate will take about 12 hours to fully charge a battery with 4000 to 500 cranking amps. When the charge rate is 10 amps, the battery will charge in about six hours. Ask Permian Toyota in Hobbs, NM for more battery-charging tips.

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