How do I jump-start the battery on a manual shift car?

I have a manual shift car, but I'm not too confident in the battery. Is there a way to jump-start it?

Answer
Although jump-starting a car battery on a manual shift car may seem more difficult, it’s actually easier than on an automatic transmission.
To jump-start or push start a stick shift vehicle:
  • Make sure your battery is the source of the problem
  • Clear a path for at least 300 feet in front of the vehicle
  • Put the key in the ignition and turn it to the on position
  • Put the car in second gear
  • Release the parking brake
  • Push down on the brake pedal and the clutch at the same time
  • Release the brake as someone pushes the car
  • Drop the clutch as soon as you reach about 5 mph
With any luck, this should start the engine.
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Eric Schad
Answered on Nov 03, 2021
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