Do you have a car but not another car? Maybe you don’t. Maybe you live in an urban area where it’s not easy to find other people with cars. Or maybe you are just unlucky. But no matter the reason, you now find yourself with a dead battery in your car and no other way to start it. Even if you do have another car, it’s probably going to be at least a little bit of trouble for that other driver if you ask them to come over and start your engine for you every time you park somewhere and can’t get away again. This article will give some tips on how to start your car with a dead battery without another car.
How To Start A Car With A Dead Battery Without Another Car
Check to see if it’s actually just the battery that’s dead.
If you’re not sure if your car’s battery is the problem, there are a few things you can check to see if it’s something else. If your car won’t start, first make sure it’s not in park. If it is, try shifting into the park with the emergency brake on. If that doesn’t work, try putting the car into neutral. Still not working? Double-check the fuse box to make sure you don’t have an electrical problem. If one of your tail lights isn’t working, the fuse box might have blown. If all of this checks out, then it could be your car’s battery. You’ll want to get that checked out as soon as possible.
Jump-start your car with another car.
This is one of the most foolproof ways to get your car started. While you may feel silly doing it, it can help you get to where you need to go. You’ll need to have another car with a healthy battery, as well as jumper cables. Park both cars close together, making sure they’re not touching. Then connect one end of the red clamp to the positive terminal on the good battery, and the other end to the positive terminal on the bad battery. Next, connect one end of a black clamp to the negative terminal on the good battery, and the other end to the engine frame of the car with the bad battery.
Use a portable battery booster.
These are ideal if you can’t find another car to jump-start you. They plug into your cigarette lighter and use your car’s battery to power a small motor. This, in turn, gives your car a boost. You can expect a portable battery booster to provide enough energy to get you to the nearest auto parts store, or a friend’s house. It’s not going to be enough to get you where you need to go, but it can help you get there. Make sure you get a good one. Check out customer reviews before you buy to make sure you’re getting a quality product.
Hook up a manual charger to your car.
You can buy a charger that plugs into your car’s 12-volt power outlet and uses your own electricity to start charging your battery. You can typically plug it into your cigarette lighter, so make sure you have a good one before you purchase this type of charger. They typically take 16 hours to charge a battery. You can keep the charger plugged in while you drive to make sure it is charged up quickly when you get to your destination. Many car owners use these chargers as a preventative measure, to make sure the battery stays alive in all types of weather. They’re also good for emergencies, like if your car’s battery dies in freezing temperatures and you can’t get a boost.
Turn on your car’s auxiliary cord and listen to the radio while you charge.
If you have an auxiliary cord in your car – and most newer models do – you can plug it into your car’s 12-volt outlet and pump the volume while you charge. You can also plug in a phone charger and listen to music on Spotify through your phone while it charges. Just make sure you have a few extra USB ports installed. You’re going to need them.
Roll your windows down and use your hairdryer to help build up a charge.
This is one of the stranger ways to get your car charged back up. You’re going to want to plug your hairdryer into an outlet, then aim it at your alternator. The rotational force of the hairdryer, combined with the heat from the friction, can help the alternator work harder, which will lead to a charge. Just make sure you don’t touch it. You don’t want a third car part needing repairs.
Hook up a rope to your car and another one to something else that’s stationary.
If you don’t have a friend or a stranger you can ask to help you with this next one, you might have to call roadside assistance. But before you do that, try this method. Turn your car on, and then plug in a heavy-duty extension cord to the cigarette lighter. Then, plug the other end of the extension cord into a big, heavy-duty extension cord. The big extension cord should be attached to something stationary, like a tree.
Ask for help from a friend or stranger or call roadside assistance.
Now is the time to ask for help. If everything above has failed, you’re going to want to call roadside assistance. You also might want to call your local auto parts store and see if they can help. You can also ask for help from a friend or stranger. Offer to do them a favor in return. You can offer to help them with yard work or some type of maintenance on their car. It can be difficult to start a car with a dead battery without another car, but it’s certainly not impossible. With the methods listed above, you can get your car running again, no matter what caused the battery to die in the first place. Nothing is more frustrating than a dead battery, but after following these steps, you’ll be good to go again in no time.
Tips Before You Start Your Car
- If the battery is dead, you can jump it with a battery charger or a jumper cable.
- If you’re lucky enough to have another car that’s not dead, you can try to start the car with a rope and another stationary object.
- If none of these methods work and your car is still dead, you might want to call roadside assistance or your local auto parts store for help.
- You can also try to jump-start your car by using a battery charger or jumper cables.
- You should check if your headlights are working before trying any of the above methods on a dark night; otherwise, you might be in for some trouble when trying to find an open gas station in the middle of nowhere!
If you own a car, you probably hope that you never have to start it with a dead battery. Unfortunately, that’s a very real possibility. Luckily, there are several ways to start a car with a dead battery, including jump-starting and using a battery booster or portable jump starter. Make sure that your battery is truly dead before trying to start it, and that you are starting it in a well-ventilated area.
Q: How do I know if my car battery is dead?
A: The first step in figuring out whether or not your battery is dead is to check the lights. If your headlights are on, but your car won’t start, you have a dead battery. If you’re having trouble starting your car and the headlights are off, then you might have a dead alternator. Check that you have a full tank of gas and that the gas cap is on tight before trying to start the car
Q: What happens if my battery is dead and I have a dead car?
A: If you have a dead battery and a dead car, your car won’t move at all. In this situation, you can either call for help or use the following method to start the car. Make sure that you are in an area that is well-ventilated, then turn on the headlights and open all of the windows. Next, turn on your hazard lights and place jumper cables on both sides of your vehicle. On one side of your car, use one end of the jumper cable to connect to the positive terminal on your battery; then hold onto the other end of the cable with both hands. The other side of your vehicle should be connected to an open gas tank using another set of jumper cables.