After our article about how to jump start a car I wanted to give a quick overview of how to jump start a car if you don’t have jumper cables.
You can only perform these steps if you have a STANDARD transmission car or truck. You need a clutch otherwise this will not work.
Hopefully your car or truck is near a hill of some sort, or you have some really strong friends to help you out.
Here are the steps to jump start the car
Step 1: Point the car down the hill and turn the ignition key to the on position (if you’re not near a hill then just motivate your friends with promises of beer or something).
Step 2: Push your clutch in all the way and release your parking brake. Make sure the car is in 2nd gear. 2nd gear should give you a bit more oomph when you jump the car, but first will also work.
Step 3: Once you’ve reached about 5 miles an hour you need to let the clutch out quickly… if you have friends pushing the car let them know before you do this because the car will slow down suddenly.
Step 4: The car should turn over and start. Once you hear the engine fire, push the clutch back in so you don’t go flying down the hill.
Step 5: If the car didn’t start, try it all over again. If you’ve tried a few times and the car still won’t start there may be another problem.
It’s important to remember that you won’t have power brakes when the car is not running. This means that when you’re jump starting your car, if the car doesn’t start you will have to press quite hard on the brake to get the car to stop rolling down the hill.
Remember, jump starting your car like this can only be done on a standard transmission car or truck… automatics simply will not work because of their torque converter.
Other options if you do not have jumper cables
If you don’t have jumper cables and you can’t manage to get your car started by dropping your clutch you may be out of luck. You may want to invest in a “jump starter” which would allow you to jump your car without cables or the above method. Basically, a jump starter is a battery pack with a set of cables that you hook up to your car battery.
You can check out reviews and grab a deal over at amazon.com on jump starters here.
See also our article on How to Jump Start a car with jumper cables.