How to jump-start your car

How to jump-start your car

Jump-starting your car isn’t an easy feat. If not done correctly, it could lead to destroying your car’s gearbox which will cost you a lot. Since you wouldn’t know when your car will suddenly not start, it’s better to be prepared when that time comes.

Take note, though, that this will only work for vehicles with manual transmission. If you attempt to jump-start an automatic, it could result to completely destroying the transmission system as it’ll be hard to match the speed with its gear just by pushing.

Clear the area

Make sure that the coast is clear. Your car would need 50 to 100 meters of runway for the jump-start to be successful. The area should be safe from unsuspecting obstacles or people. Plus, jump-starting on a downhill slope is easier but not recommended as you might lose control of the vehicle.

Get into position

Get in your normal driving position. Turn your keys on, push on the clutch pedal, and engage in 2nd gear. Features that uses electricity such as air conditioning, radio, and lights should be turned off as you will need all the power from your batteries.

Take note that you should be in 2nd gear and not in 1st as you will need momentum and speed in order for the car to jump-start – which is about 30 to 40 km/h. The speed of your car should match the gear.

Have someone push the car

You need to have someone push the car for you. Jump-starting alone isn’t recommended - no matter how good you are in jumping inside a moving vehicle. If you’re alone, you could call a friend or find someone around that you could ask help from. 

Release the clutch

While the car is running, release the clutch, step on the gas lightly, and celebrate as your car go alive – just kidding. Concentrate on the road and maneuver cautiously, then park your vehicle without turning off your engine.

Don’t forget to have a professional check why your car didn’t start. There might be a problem with your ignition, spark plugs, or batteries.