Roadside Assistance

Dead Car Battery Jump Starts

So your car battery is dead and you need a jump start. There isn't anyone around to help you out by using jumper cables, and even if they were, the idea of asking a stranger is embarrassing, unpromising, and nerve wrecking. Don’t Panic! Just Jump. We are Tallahassee's "go to" jump start service. Cars need the electrical power produced by car batteries for a variety of different reasons. You need electrical power to start the car's engine, store electrical energy, and supply electrical power to the engine. Cars use battery power to operate electrical systems when the alternator is not running, including headlights, stereo, and most dashboard control operations. That's why we offer affordable jump start service to keep your car's electrical systems up and running.

How Do Car Batteries Work

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Car batteries are charged by the alternator, but starting and stopping the engine within a short time span can cause the battery to die, because the alternator needs approximately 20 minutes of engine power to fully charge a drained battery. Leaving electronics or lights running while the car is off will drain power from the battery, and extreme temperatures can cause a car battery to fail. Severe cold or heat can cause problems with a battery’s chemical reaction needed to generate power. If you are experiencing battery problems, then you may need a jump start to get going again  

About Car Batteries

how to properly jump start a dead car battery

If your battery has died, you may be able to use jumper cables to jump start it from another vehicle. If you can safely use jumper cables on your vehicle, make sure that the battery on the other vehicle has at least as much voltage as your own. As long as you hook up the cables properly, it doesn’t matter whether your vehicle has negative ground and the other vehicle has positive ground, or your vehicle has an alternator and the other vehicle has a generator. If either vehicle has an electronic ignition system or is an alternatively fueled vehicle, the use of jumper cables may damage it.

To safely jump a start the dead car battery, try following these steps:

1.) Place both vehicles in Park and shut off the ignition in both cars.

2.) Attach one of the red clips to the positive terminal of your battery.

The positive terminal generally has  “POS” or “+” on it or it may be a small, metal, jumper port; covered by a red protective casing.

3.) Attach the other red clip to the positive terminal of the other car.

4.) Attach one of the black clips to the negative terminal on the other battery.

5.) Attach the last black clip to an unpainted strong metal surface(ground) on your car that isn’t near the battery.

6.) Start the working vehicle

7.) Wait a few moments, then try starting your vehicle.

If it won’t start, make sure that the cables are properly connected and run the working engine for five minutes. Then try to start your car again. If it still won’t start, there may be a bigger problem. If the jump works and your car starts, don’t shut off your engine! Drive around for at least 15 minutes to recharge your battery. If the car won’t start the next time you use it, the battery isn’t holding a charge and needs to be replaced

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Flat Tire Changes

Whether you’ve got a flat, a tire that’s blown out, a hole or tear in the sidewall, or any other roadside assistance emergency requiring a tire change, our tire change service can help you by changing your tire and getting you back on the road quickly. Let our roadside assistance technician change your tire and install your spare tire for you, so you don't have to worry or struggle with how to change flat tire yourself!

Flat Tire Help

Car Door Unlocking

Everyone has experienced that terrible moment of having locked the keys inside the car. It’s a moment that quickly fills a person with panic if the keys are locked inside the car while it is still running and it's an absolute nightmare if you get locked out of the car while small children or pets are still inside. It can be difficult not to panic entirely in these helpless situations where lockout assistance is clearly needed. Sometimes you have the benefit of calling a family or friend to get a spare key, but other times you need to find a locksmith asap to pop a lock. Our Lock Pop program offers you the ability to both save money and get your car door back open.

How Locks Work

Fuel delivery

We have all had those times where we tried to push our gas tank out as far as possible, just so we could find the nearest gas station. Sometimes we made it, but sometimes it ended miserably. The worst feeling is when you're running out of gas in the middle of the road and all of a sudden you realize that you're going to have to take that walk of shame to the nearest gas station to fill up. The next time you find yourself running out of gas, call us to use our fuel delivery service. We will deliver up to two and a half gallons so you can get back on the road and head to the nearest gas station.

Gas Delivery Help

Basic Locksmith Services

Car Lockout Services

So you're staring at your car keys and they're in stuck in the ignition; but the only this is.. you're locked out of the car! You decided that you are going to unlock your car yourself, but you have been trying to unlock the car door for over an hour and don't have any results to show for it. We save you the time and money by coming out and unlocking your car door for you at an affordable price. 

How Locks Work

The process of keeping your vehicle secure includes a variety of measures in addition to the car door locks that exist on the car. However, many drivers will not be aware of the workings of the lock and are able to do nothing more than lock and unlock it. Being aware of how these work will save you from calling to request basic locksmith services and help you to determine what will be necessary should a defect arise and what additional safety measures are required.

Step 1 – Interior

This is one of the first things our locksmith technicians look for when opening your car door. Many drivers will only be aware the door lock button inside the car, which can be operated by hand or automatically with a remote. This lever or latch is the visible portion of the link to the actuator, which controls the car door locks. In addition to the lock mechanism, there is a lever that is connected to the system which enables you to open the door once the door is unlocked.

Step 2 – Connection

There is much more going on below the surface within the panel that the car door locks are housed in and that is how we can determine which method to use when we go to pop your car door lock open. The visible latch is the small button that goes up and down according to whether the car is locked or unlocked. It is attached to a metal rod, which links it to main body of the lock mechanism. Where the lock has the ability to be operated automatically, there are additional components that will be found as part of the locking mechanism. This will either be an electronic sensor or magnets with a reversible switch. Where the door ceases to be able to be opened with the use of the remote, you will know that the cause is a defect to the electronic sensor or the magnets.   

Step 3 – Operation   

A lot of our locksmith seeking customers share their concerns for their car key not working properly with the car door. This section is usually where the problem is occurring and requires full locksmith service. The connection is put into operation either with the use of the key in the keyhole or by pushing or pulling the latch. In the event that the car is able to work on an automatic basis, it will also be able to be put into action with the use of a remote control. Accordingly, whether it is manual or electronic, some type of power will be required to make it work. By unlocking the car door using the internal latch or a key, the visible latch will be in the up position and the car door locks release the door opening mechanism. This will allow the door to be opened and closed as necessary. When locked, the latch will be depressed and the mechanism will be connected to prevent the door from being opened.  

Step 4 – Function

As a result of the operation of the car door locks mechanism being operated, the door is also affected. The handle on the outside of the vehicle and the lever on the inside of the car door relate to the door lock mechanism. They are disconnected from the system when the lock is in the locked position, which ensures that the door cannot be opened either from the inside or outside of the car without it specifically having been unlocked.

Power Door Locks Help

Replacing car Door Locks

Thinking about replacing a car door lock that seems to be acting strange or funny. Replacing a car door lock is actually easier than you think. 

Replacing Car Door Locks Help

Unlock a Car Door For Yourself

Although we highly recommend giving us a call to request locksmith service so you can avoid damaging your car door lock and frustrating yourself with the complexities involved with car door unlocking; we have seen some consumers try to unlock their car for themselves. Here are some of our favorites.

Opening Car Doors