Knowing how to properly charge a car battery can prevent a lot of wasted time and frustration the next time you find yourself with a dead battery on the road. Follow these simple tips to learn how to charge a car battery the right way.

First of all, look under the hood of your car to locate the car battery. Notice that it will have both positive and negative terminals marked with plus and minus signs. Use a car charger that plugs into the wall, but keep it unplugged while you are hooking up the terminals. The red clamp pairs with the positive terminal; the black clamp is for the negative one. Then, plug in the car charger. Once it is turned on, it will begin charging the battery.

Be sure to leave the car charger plugged in until it shows as fully charged. If your battery was fully dead, you may want to investigate why it died before driving long distances.

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