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How to Push Start or Jump Start a Stick Drive Car

Sometimes it takes a few people to push  a car.

Sometimes it takes a few people to push a car.

How to Push Start Your Car

There are two ways to start a car with a flat battery. The first, push-starting, is the most difficult and tiring unless you are on a slope.

The push start needs at least two people the driver and the pusher. Ensure all electric devices like the radio and the lights are off.

  • Turn the key to the on position.
  • Push in the clutch pedal.
  • Put the car into first or second gear.
  • Release the hand brake and brake pedal.

When the person pushing your car has got you some speed, release the clutch whilst you give the engine a little gas, and your engine should start.

Drive for about ten minutes to put a little power back into the battery before turning the engine off, or the next time you want to use the car you will need to do the same again.

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How to Jump Start Your Car

  • To jump start a car, you will need a set of jump cables and a friend's car.
  • Park the cars close to each other but not touching so that the jumper cables can reach both batteries,
  • Turn off both engines and remove the keys.
  • Ensure that the emergency brakes are on.
  • Open the hoods. If the battery terminals are corroded, use steel wool to clean them.
  • Connect the jumper cables to the batteries. Start with the car which has the dead battery. Put the red cable clamp on to the positive (+)side and then connect the other side of the red cable to the other cars positive (+)terminal.
  • Connect one end of the negative (-) cable to the negative terminal of the good battery.
  • Connect the other end of the negative cable to metal on the engine block on the car with the dead battery. Don't connect it to the dead battery, carburetor, fuel lines or moving parts.
  • Stand back and start the car with the good battery.
  • Start the stalled car.
  • Remove the cables in reverse order.

Be cautious when starting a car in this way; there is a very small risk of explosion.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.