How do I start a car with low compression?

My 1998 Honda Civic has low compression. How do I start a car with low compression, so I can drive it home and do the repair?

Good question. If you’re only experiencing low compression in one cylinder, your vehicle should still run. That said, you may experience poor performance and engine misfires, which could lead to long-term damage. If you have low compression in more than one cylinder, then your car won’t start at all.
You should perform a compression test to see if low compression is the cause of your engine problems. The only real way to fix low compression is to replace the leaking parts, which should be done by a trusted mechanic. It’s a big undertaking and there could be more than one cause for the leak.
If you’re concerned about your car breaking down or not starting before you have a chance to fix it, try a roadside assistance membership with Jerry. Jerry’s roadside assistance membership protects you with their nationwide network of 55,000+ service providers.
Good luck!
Matthew Macgugan
Answered on Nov 16, 2021

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