In one of our previous articles, we talked about what to do when your car battery dies on you. The method we covered in that article implied that you have jumper cables at your disposal and running car with a working battery. But, what if disaster strikes in the middle of nowhere with not a car in sight? How to fix a dead car battery without jumper cables and someone to help you out? Don’t panic! Hope is not lost. Today we’re going to share a few methods that can help you get out of a mess even if you don’t have the previously mentioned equipment. The method you will want to use will depend on whether you’re driving an automatic or a manual transmission car. Also, some circumstances will dictate what is the preferred method to start a dead battery without a jump.
How to Jumpstart a Manual Transmission Car Without Cables
Ideally, you’ll have your car positioned on an elevated terrain, such as a small hill. The incline should help get the car rolling and give you the required momentum to start your vehicle. Alternatively, if you have a couple of spare hands lying around, they can help you by pushing. This will generate the same effect as rolling down a hill. Put the keys in the ignition and turn it to the on position. The dashboard might or might not light up at this point, depending on the amount of electricity left in the battery. From there on you’ll want to push down the clutch and switch to second gear.
Release the handbrake and wait until your car starts moving and builds up some momentum. When you gain some speed, release the clutch quickly, and your vehicle should start. In case nothing happens, try pressing and releasing the clutch over and over again.
How to Jumpstart an Automatic Car Without Cables
Now the push starting method doesn’t really work with an automatic transmission car, unfortunately. You could try and roll it down a hill and with a little luck, you should be able to start the engine. That being said, it’s not as reliable as it is for starting cars with manual transmission. The only way to reliably start an automatic without jumper cables is to use a portable battery charger. These charges don’t have to be the most expensive, high-tech models on the market. A simple Li-ion portable charger will do the trick. However, the newest iterations of these battery chargers have several advantages and don’t even require you to lift the hood. All you have to do is plug it into the cigarette lighter and give it some time to recharge. After about 20 minutes, you should be able to start your car and continue your journey.
And there you have it, a few simple ways to jumpstart a car without cables and get out of a sticky situation. After successfully starting your car, we strongly advise you to drive to the nearest technician for a quick check-up, especially if you failed to determine what was the cause of the car battery going flat.
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