Can you start a car without jumper cables if the vehicle has a low battery?

Some friends and I are camping for the week and I wanted to make a mid-week run to the grocery store to grab a few things we forgot. Unfortunately, the car wouldn’t start when we went to leave. I think the battery is low and we don't have jumper cables. Can you start a car without them?

Answer
Having a low car battery and being unable to start your car can be frustrating, especially without jumper cables.
If your car has a manual transmission, follow the below steps:
  • Position your car on an elevated surface or have some friends give you a push to gain momentum
  • Turn on the ignition and shift your car into second gear
  • Once rolling, release the clutch quickly
  • If it doesn’t start, press the clutch over and over again
If your car has an automatic transmission, the push-start method used on manual vehicles will not work. Instead, you need to:
  • Find a portable charger to recharge your car battery
  • Call a friend or find someone with jumper cables to give you a start
  • Call roadside assistance
Hopefully, one of these methods will work before having to call a roadside assistance service. However, if you have to call a roadside assistance service, you should check to see if your towing and labor coverage covers the cost.
If you don’t have this coverage, consider adding a roadside assistance membership through Jerry. Jerry partners with Urgently for an industry-leading roadside assistance membership for as little as $4.16 a month.
Jack Walsh
Answered on Nov 02, 2021
thumb-up

Did this answer help you?

Ask us a question by email and we will respond within a few days.
thumb-up

Have a different question?

You can meet us at our office and discuss the details of your question.
Let Jerry’s experts help you find savings on your car insurance!
No long forms or spam · Get quotes from 40+ carriers
Find insurance savings (100% Free)
rating primary
4.7/5 Rating on App Store