How To Push Start A Stalled Car

by on December 1, 2010

If your car won’t start due to a low or dead battery or a faulty starter, and you are somehow without jumper cables or a battery charger, you should be able to push-start your car in just a few short minutes.

In order to diagnose the problem and determine whether your car has a bad starter or dead battery, you will need to try to turn the car on.  If the engine cranks but the car does not start, the problem is somewhere other than the battery or the starter.  If the engine is silent or makes a clicking sound when the key is turned, the problem is most than likely that either the battery or the starter is dead, and a push start will probably get the car to start so you can drive home.

Carry out the following steps to execute a push start:

1. If your car is not parked on a hill, ask a couple of people if they can help by giving you a push.

2. Turn the key to the on position and release the parking brake.

3. Depress the clutch and shift the car into second gear.

4. While stepping on the clutch pedal, either allow the car to roll down the hill or signal for your friends to start pushing.

5. When the car is rolling as fast as a person is able to run, slowly release the clutch while lightly stepping on the gas pedal to give the engine a little gas.

If the push start is successful the engine should start when you release the clutch and step on the accelerator.  If your friends were pushing the car, you should be able to turn around and pick them up.  Don’t shut the car off until you get to a place where either you or your mechanic can investigate and repair the problem.  However, once it is running it should drive you and your buddies wherever you need to go.

** WARNING: Make sure that there are no people or objects in front of the car during your push start, as the car may jump forward when the clutch is released.**

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john dalpiaz July 14, 2011 at 8:46 pm

This article is pure bullshit. With today’s electric fuel pumps and computers push starting doesn’t work

July 15, 2011 at 12:27 pm

Thank you for you comment, John. There are many vehicles on the road that will start right up when push started. However, as you are probably aware (from the sound of it), this is not the case for all vehicles.

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