When you have a dead battery, the worst thing to do is just wait and hope someone will come soon. Carrying out these 5 quick tricks can help you get your car running in a matter of minutes!
- Push your car to a slope
If your car has a manual transmission, you can push start your car by yourself. Put your car in second gear and release the clutch while you push the car forward. Once the car reaches a speed of about 5 to 10 mph, engage the clutch and start the engine.
If your car has an automatic transmission, you will need someone to help you push start the car. Put the car in neutral and have your friend push the car while you start the engine. Once the car reaches a speed of about 5 to 10 mph, put it in drive and continue driving.
You can also use a jump starter to start your car if the battery is dead. Simply attach the jump starter to the battery terminals and follow the instructions that come with the jumper cables.
- Roll the car down the hill
If your car has a manual transmission, you can try rolling the car down a hill to start it. Put the car in neutral and push it down the hill. Once it reaches the bottom, release the handbrake and let the car roll back up the hill.
Another option is to push the car down the hill with another vehicle. Park the two cars side by side and push the disabled car until it starts.
If you have a friend or family member who lives nearby, you can ask them to help you jumpstart your car. Connect the positive terminal of their battery to your positive terminal, and then connect the negative terminal of their battery to your negative terminal. Once the connection is made, have your friend start their engine and let it run for a few minutes. Then, try starting your own engine.
If none of these options are available to you, you can always call a tow truck or a roadside assistance service to help you jumpstart your car.
- Have someone guide you and give you momentum
If you’re stuck and don’t have any jumper cables, see if you can get a push start. To do this, put your car in either 2nd or 3rd gear and have someone push your car while you hold down the clutch. Once you have enough momentum, let go of the clutch and press down on the accelerator. Your car should start up. If it doesn’t, try again or call a tow truck.
- Hook jumper cables up to another battery
If you find yourself with a dead battery, one of the quickest ways to get your car started is to hook up jumper cables to another battery. This will provide enough power to start your car so that you can get it to a service station or garage.
Make sure that the other battery is of a similar size and voltage as your own. Once you have the cables hooked up, start the working car and let it run for a few minutes before starting your own car. This will give the dead battery enough power to start up.
If you don’t have access to another battery, you can also try starting your car with a jump starter. These devices are small and portable, and they can provide enough power to start your car without the need for another battery.
- Start pushing your car with a gas engine
If your car has a manual transmission, you can push start it by following these steps:
- Find a level spot to park your car.
- Turn off all of the lights and accessories in your car.
- Put the key in the ignition and turn it to the “on” position.
- Press down on the clutch pedal and shift the car into second gear.
- Have someone else push the car while you hold down the clutch pedal and keep the car in second gear.
- When the car reaches a speed of about 10 miles per hour, let go of the clutch pedal and press down on the accelerator pedal.
- The car should start up. If it doesn’t, repeat the steps until it does start.