What are some tips for how to jump start a dead battery without another car?

I’m going on a road trip and I’m so freaked out about the possibility of getting stranded. What are some tips for how to jump start a dead battery without another car?

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Answer provided by
Bonnie Stinson
Answered on Jul 20, 2022
There are two strategies for how to jump start a dead battery without another car: a portable jump-starter (for automatic cars) or a push-start (for manual cars).
If you have an automatic transmission and you don’t have a portable jump-starter, you’re out of luck. Call AAA for a tow or try to flag down a passing vehicle with jumper cables.
If you find yourself with a dead battery on an empty road—and you have a manual transmission—you could try push-starting instead of jump starting with a donor vehicle.
Here are the basic steps to push-starting:
  • Turn the ignition to ‘ON’ from the driver’s seat.
  • Press the clutch and shift to 2nd gear.
  • Press the brake pedal and release the parking brake simultaneously.
  • Ask a friend or stranger to push the vehicle.
  • Once you’re moving at around five mph, release the clutch abruptly and see if the engine engages.
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