How To Start a Car Without Jumper Cables

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Have you ever been in a situation where there was no cell service to call for help and no one around for miles? Although more unlikely now than in the past, with technology today and so many full-service gas stations open 24 hours a day, it is still possible. So, what will you do if you find yourself in such a pickle with a dead battery and no other cars around to assist with a jump? Here’s how to start a car without jumper cables.

Start Your Engine

First thing’s first, you will need to have a manual transmission. You’re in luck if you drive a stick and have a couple of passengers in your vehicle when your battery dies. 

Thank your lucky stars you aren’t alone and stranded. You can get your car to start as long as your battery isn’t frozen or damaged, which could be dangerous, so do not engage. 

Manual Push Start 

To manually push start your car, you’ll need someone to turn on the ignition and have others behind the car push it. Once they’re ready to go and the ignition is in the on position, someone in the driver seat will need to push the clutch in and shift to second gear with the parking brake engaged. 

Then, they should press on the brake and release the parking brake. Next, let off the brake and have your helpers begin to push. Once they reach about five miles per hour, they should abruptly release the clutch. A little buck or sputter is standard, but the engine should start. If it does, you’re all set. You might have a more significant issue than your car battery if it doesn’t.

Jumpstart Kit

If you have an automatic transmission, the push start method won’t work for you. That is why you should invest in a jumpstart kit. Jumpstart kits are movable batteries with a portable power supply. Jumpstart kits have 12.6 volts, similar to ordinary car batteries’ voltage.  A jumpstart kit has cables and comes with a portable bag.

Ensure you test your kit after purchasing it to ensure the battery works. To test it out, hook the cables from the bag to your car’s battery. Line up the plus and minus signs and match them with the symbols on your battery. 

Once it’s all connected, turn the ignition and adequately check your headlights, air conditioning and other functions. Testing your jumpstart kit is essential because you can assess how well it works before you try to bring a dead battery back to life with it. 

Household Items

Although not recommended, there are some household items that you can use to jumpstart your car in a pinch. If you have no other options, they may be worth a try. You can use a battery from your drill by connecting it to your car. Start by routing the power from it to the car battery, connect the cables and wait a few minutes to try starting your engine.

You can use coca-cola to clean the corroded terminals on your battery. Removing the corrosion can help you gain a better connection between the battery clamps and the terminals. The carbonic, citric and phosphoric acid, carbonation, and low pH can break down and remove corrosion and rust on your battery. 

Master How to Start a Car Without Jumper Cables

Hopefully, you won’t ever find yourself in a situation where you have to try one of these methods, but if you do, you’ll have these awesome tricks up your sleeve. A jumpstart kit seems worth the investment, but these other tips could be handy without one!


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