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A dead battery is among the most frequent problems motorists usually experience with their cars. This often occurs when you try to start a vehicle after turning on its ignition but fails to respond—a clear indicator the battery is faulty.
Other factors that can lead to a dead battery and make your vehicle difficult to start to, include a shortage of gas, a malfunctioned fuel pump or starter, and broken cable connections.
On many such occasions, most drivers would jumpstart their car with somebody else's car battery, and later find the nearest garage to get their battery checked.
But what would you do if there was no motorist around to help you jumpstart your car?
You may have heard of stories where another person’s car got stuck somewhere in the middle of nowhere, and when they tried to start their car, it couldn’t budge.
What could you have done in such a scenario with a vehicle that was automatic and not manual?
Push starting entails pulling or pushing a vehicle until it picks up some momentum. It's not recommended for car owners to try this method on automatic cars, as it's hard to determine how fast a car can go, and this can also end up spoiling the brakes.
However, if you're out of options, you can always try the push starting technique on level ground.
Set the start key on position, and find somebody to push the vehicle from behind until it gathers some speed.
Subsequently, release both the handbrake and footbrake after the vehicle gets in motion.
Step carefully on the gas pedal and ensure that the car's gear is on a drive.
Once everything looks good and your car's speed is stable, fire its ignition and keep working on the gas in small gentle steps.
Within no time, your vehicle's battery should be fully charged and ready to move you to any place you want to go.
Although many times motorists end up buying a new battery when their old battery stops functioning, trying to bring it back to life with a jump box can make a big difference.
A jump box is simply a secondary battery pack that helps kick off a vehicle when it fails to start. It's backup power for your car, making it easy to jumpstart a car even after its battery goes dead.
Follow these steps if you wish to jumpstart your vehicle with a jump box:
There are some things you need to do before jumpstarting the battery of your car. Kill the start and switch the gear to "Impartial" or "Park" mode, as well as stop the brakes from being triggered. Switch off the radio and lights. And finally, get under the hood so you can reach the battery.
Find the most convenient area around the battery that would allow you to start your car seamlessly.
Attach the red jumper clip to the red (positive) terminal, and fix the black jumper clip to the black (negative) terminal.
Try to kickstart the battery and leave it for about five minutes to revive the car's battery.
Don’t disconnect the jumper clips before this time for the car battery to fully recharge.
In order to start the vehicle's engine, grab a seat, and start your car regularly. Check that the gear is in "Park" or "Neutral" mode.
After the battery gets sufficient charge, you'll eventually hear the car engine roar.
After your vehicle starts normally, disconnect the jumper links immediately.
Make sure the motor is on while you remove the cables to prevent your vehicle's engine from shutting down again.
You may need to buy a jumper cable. here is the Jumper Cables Reviews and Buyer's Guide.
You should take great caution every time you're working with your vehicle—be it changing old oil or fixing a new serpentine belt.
Your jumpstart battery also has to have essential safety features to ensure a person can easily fix it in the right terminal.
It’s also important that you keep your jumpstart battery in good condition.
Also, be careful not to connect the jumper links to the wrong terminal, as this can result in a short burst and leave the battery messed up.
Additionally, every time you're about to jumpstart an automatic vehicle, make sure the gear is in "Neutral” mode before restarting the car.
Otherwise, the car might start at high speed and end up doing substantial damage.
There's no bigger nightmare a motorist can experience than when a person tries to start their car, only to find that the battery is dead.
Everyone who owns a vehicle has experienced this problem before, and things become a lot more frustrating when there's nobody around to help you.
Fortunately, there are a few tricks you can try to kickstart the engine again without outside help, even for an automatic car.
Follow the tricks and techniques shared in this handy guide, and you should find it easy to jumpstart your automatic vehicle with no problems whatsoever.
Don't forget to turn off the lights of your car after parking, and to charge it with a quality battery charger when it's low.
Also, make sure to have your batteries checked and serviced regularly for your vehicle to become easy to start at all times.
If you try any of the techniques above and your vehicle still doesn't start, check your cable connections and try again. If this doesn't work, maybe your car's fuel pump or starter could have malfunctioned.
And, it could also be that your vehicle is low on gas, so check to find where the problem lies.
If everything is in check and you still get the same problems starting your car from a dead battery, there’s no other option but to take it to the nearest mechanic for it to be fixed.
Knowing how to jumpstart an automatic car without another car is essential, but it's just as crucial that you know when to get help from the pros.
Simon graduated with a Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Degree. He has over 20 years of servicing experience in both Japanese and German car dealerships. He now acts as a freelance mechanic's instructor for local schools.