How to Jump Start a Car Engine When the Battery Is Dead

It’s an experience no one wants to face. Sometimes, the battery dies on your car.


This situation can serve as an absolute nightmare if your battery dies and you’re not prepared. You may have jumper cables in the trunk, but what if no one is around to give you a jump?


It can happen unexpectedly, or it could’ve been a long time coming. Either way, it’s essential to know how to jump start your engine when your car battery’s dead.


Having your car battery die is one of those emergency situations that you don’t think will happen to you—until it does. We’ll show you all you need to know about jumping a car so that you don’t get stranded.


To learn more about how to jumpstart a car without using jumper cables, read on.


When Batteries Die


Your car battery is an important part of your vehicle. Accordingly, you’ll want to give your car battery an occasional check.


Still, anyone who knows their way around an engine will swear that getting a jump from another vehicle is the only way to get your car restarted if your battery dies. This is a perfectly safe way to get your car restarted.


Sometimes, however, people get caught on the road with a dead battery and no jumper cables. In this instance, you’re going to have few options.


You could hope that a friendly stranger comes by with jumper cables and offers a lending hand. Alternatively, you can call for a tow. This option, however, stings as much as paying a tow truck operator to get your keys out of your car.


Fortunately, there is a third option. If you’ve covered your assets, you can use the portable jump starter that’s in your trunk—more on that in a moment.


Back to the problem at hand, imagine that you have a car with a manual transmission. In that case, you can get back in the game by push-starting your ride.


However, it’s important to do so safely. With a few pointers, hopefully, this method will get you back on the road quickly.


Firstly, however, you’ll want to consider your safety. Never try to jump start a car with a damaged battery.


A damaged battery can catch fire. Even worse, it can explode.


You may also want to play it safe by wearing non-conductive mechanic gloves and safety glasses while checking on the battery. Also, make sure all your tools are laid out before you get started.


Of course, we don’t know the tools that you keep in your car. However, there are a few tools you’ll want to purchase and keep in your car if you don’t already own them.


First, you want jumper cables. Secondly, you’ll want the previously mentioned emergency tools and a handy emergency kit in your trunk.


Now, back to jump starting your manual transmission car. Now, all you need is a couple of helpful strangers with strong backs to give you a push.


Getting Your Ride Going


With these items, you can get your car going. Also, you won’t need juice from another car battery.


Remember, however, this method is only for cars with a manual transmission. If you have a car with an automatic transmission, it’s impossible to jump start it.


On the other hand, jump starting a car with a manual transmission is straightforward. It’s a helpful skill to know for when you’re caught off guard with a dead battery and no jumper cables.


You may also hear someone call jump starting “push starting” a car. Others may call it “pop starting” or “bump starting.” If you’ve ever performed this maneuver, you know why.


Of course, all these terms can seem unnecessarily confusing. Some people consider jump starting a car simply using cables to get the battery juiced up again.


At any rate, jump starting your car is a way of using inertia to bring your engine back to life. It’s an alternative to using jumper cables.


To get started, you’ll need a short, flat distance of open road. A slight incline is even better. Now all you need is a friend or two to get to pushing.


How to Jumpstart a Car


Now that you’re all set to jump start your car, you want to tell your helpers to move toward the rear of the vehicle. Now, you can jump into your car and turn the ignition on.


Keep the parking brake engaged. Now, push in your clutch and shift your car into second gear.


You don’t want to use the first gear to jump start your car. The first gear may make your car buck too harshly when the engine turns over.


Now, you can release the brake pedal and parking brake. At this point, you’ll want to give your helpers the signal to start pushing.


Keep an eye on your speedometer. When it reaches around five mph, let go of the clutch fast.


When you do, the car might pop or bump a little—hence the names “pop starting” and “bump starting.” After a bump or pop or two, your engine should come to life, and you’re all set.


If it doesn’t work the first time, try again with a little more speed. If more speed doesn’t seem to help, you most likely have an engine problem that’s bigger than your car battery.


Calling for Help

Another alternative is to call for roadside assistance. In many cases, this kind of help is built into your auto insurance.


It’s important to check and see if you have this kind of coverage. Usually, there’s a road assistance phone number on your insurance card if this service is available.


After you call the number, the local towing service will come to the rescue. They’ll have jumper cables and make quick work of giving your vehicle a jump.


If you don’t have a roadside assistance plan, you’ll need to find the nearest tow company on your phone. After calling for service, you’ll simply wait for assistance.


Here, it’s a good idea to get the tow truck driver a tip. A $5 tip is enough to show your appreciation for their help.


Also, don’t forget to take down the name of the garage and its address. It’s easy to make the simple oversight when you’re stressed out because your car battery is dead.


Give Your Car Battery a Boost With a Jump Box

The third and easiest alternative is to use a jump start box. This handy little invention is basically a small portable battery. It has jumper cables attached to it.


Today’s jump boxes also use software that prevents voltage spikes. This is an important feature that will keep the device from damaging your vehicle’s electrical system. In fact, a jump box is safer than jumper cables because of this feature.


The Smart Way to Stay Road Ready


Among the HULKMAN series of jump boxes, you can find a powerful smart car jump starter for your car. It’s always convenient to have one in your trunk.


The cutting-edge portable car starters come with all accessories and plugs needed to keep your car battery and even your smart devices going while on the road.


The HULKMAN smart jump start kit comes with a USB wall plug, USB-C to USB-A cable and a barrel plug with a 12-volt adapter. It also comes with battery clamps.


The device is straightforward and utilitarian. Still, it has a pleasing aesthetic design.


Did we mention that the HULKMAN series of jump starters are smart? They feature a large, easy-to-read 3.3-inch screen.


What’s more, they’re tough. They’re built for life on the road.


They even have an IP65 waterproof rating. What’s more, they work in extremely cold temperatures of up to -40°F.


The jump starters also have nice, large lights that make the device easy to use in the dark. Also, you can check your battery power level easily by viewing the display when you power the device on.


With a HULKMAN jump starter, you’ll always have juice for your battery and other devices when you’re on the road. There’s even a cool, rugged carrying case to make sure that your HULKMAN jump starter stays in perfect condition.


Beef Up Your Road Gear Today!


Now you know more about how to jumpstart a car without using jumper cables. You’ve also learned how to use a jump starter that’s convenient and smart. As you can see, the easiest way to get a dead battery going again is with a HULKMAN jump pack.


You deserve the confidence of knowing you’ll never get caught off guard with a dead battery. HULKMAN portable power supplies and jump starters are easy to use, lightweight, and reliable.


Our products are designed for the on-the-go lifestyle—whether you’re at a tailgate party or just out of juice in your car. They can charge laptops, tablets, smartphones and more without being tethered to an outlet. Most importantly, you’ll never have to worry about running low on power again.


Please feel free to check out our full line of HULKMAN portable power products online.

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