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Jun 29, 2008

How to Push Start a Car

Push start a car when the car won't start. When the car ignition key is turned on due to weak battery and no other car can be used to jump a start it, then it is important to know how to push start a car.

Push start a car only if it is a manual transmission, do not push start a car with automatic transmission. Automatic transmission models cannot be started by pushing because it will cause damage to the car transmission.

Only cars with manual transmission can be push start, but how you do it depends on the type of engine. 

How to push start a car

Ignition key OnHow to push start a car with gasoline engine and manual transmission

Step 1: You have to turn the ignition key to "ON" position.

Step 2: Hold the clutch pedal fully depressed and shift into a second or third gear.

Step 3: Hold the accelerator pedal half way depressed.

Step 4: Push start a car until the car speed reaches 16 km/h or 10 mph and slowly release the clutch pedal to start the engine.

How to push start a car with diesel engine and manual transmission Ignition Key Off

Step 1: Turn the ignition key to the "OFF" position, take note of the "OFF" position not lock position

Step 2: Hold the clutch pedal fully depressed and shift into a second or third gear 

Step 3: Hold the accelerator pedal fully depressed 

Step 4: Push start a car until the speed reaches 16 km/h or 10 mph then turn the ignition key to "ON" position and slowly release the clutch pedal to start the engine

Always remember, do not push start a car if the transmission is automatic it can cause damage to your transmission.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Why should the ignition be to the off position when push starting diesel engines??

John said...

> Why should the ignition be to the off position
> when push starting diesel engines ?

Otherwise the glow plugs will have gone cold by the time you release the clutch.