An old battery can stop you cold. Not sure if your battery has the power you need? Stop by Beaman Ford in Dickson TN for a battery inspection. No appointment necessary. We'll make sure it's ready for another season. If your vehicle needs a new one, we stock quality Motorcraft® batteries that are right for your vehicle.
Cold cranking amps are the industry standard for measuring how long a battery can supply power at 0°F.
Advantages of Motorcraft® Batteries
- Manufactured to the highest-quality standards and latest technologies in design and engineering
- High quality at competitive prices
- Excellent warranty coverage*
*See Beaman Ford for limited-warranty details
Motorcraft® is a registered trademark of Ford Motor Company.
Jump-Starting a Battery
If you have to jump start your battery, it's an inconvenience, but all you need is a little help from your friends. If you'd rather not call a tow truck and you have a willing helper, here's how to get some life back into your battery. Pay close attention to the connection order. It's one of the most common and overlooked causes for unsuccessful jump starts.
You'll need jumper cables. If you don't have any in your vehicle, make sure your helper brings them. Have your helper park close enough to your vehicle, allowing you to connect the jumper cables to the batteries with plenty of slack. Most cables are about six feet long. Check your owner's manual for your vehicle battery location and terminal placement.
- Open both vehicle hoods and locate the batteries.
- Remove any terminal covers and corrosion.
- Attach the positive (red) jumper cable to the positive (red) terminal of the dead battery. Make sure both metal clamps are firmly in contact with the terminal.
- Attach the other end of the positive (red) jumper cable to the positive (red) terminal of the assisting battery.
- Attach the negative (black) jumper cable to the negative (black) terminal of the assisting battery.
- Attach the other end of the negative (black) jumper cable to an exposed metal part of the disabled vehicle's engine, away from the battery and the carburetor/fuel-injection system.
- Start the assisting vehicle's engine.
- Start the disabled vehicle's engine.
- Allow both vehicles to run connected for about three minutes.
- Leave the jump-started vehicle running and disconnect the cables in the reverse order that they were attached and close the hoods.
- Keep the jump-started vehicle's engine running for about a half hour to allow the battery to fully charge.
- Visit Beaman Ford to get the jump-started battery tested or replaced as soon as you can.
Spotting battery problems before a jump start
A smart way to avoid jump starting a dead battery? Learn the warning signs of an aging or worn battery. Stop by Beaman Ford if you notice any of the following battery symptoms:
- Excessive corrosion around the battery terminals or cables
- Bulging or deformity of the battery casing
- Difficulty starting your engine
- Consistent electrical system problems
During the battery test, you can ask your Beaman Ford expert for a full vehicle checkup report to help you monitor your vehicle systems. It's a great way to keep up on all your vehicle maintenance needs.