Need to Jump-Start Your Car? Read This

There’s nothing more annoying than that sinking feeling you get when you turn the key in the ignition and the car doesn’t start. It’ll happen to everyone at least once, and most likely many times more. With winter upon us, it’s also more common, so it’s a good idea to clue yourself up and learn how to get the car going again.

You’ve got two choices when it comes to getting that engine to spark back into life. You can either push start the car, or you can jump it using leads and another vehicle.

Jump-Start Your CarImage credit: Phil and Pam Gradwell

Push starting means having some people physically push the car along while you try the ignition and release the clutch. If you’re lucky, you might be on a hill. This will get the engine to turn and fire, and in theory, you’ll be away.

The problem of course is that pushing your car can leave you in an awkward position on the road or car park if it doesn’t work, and it’s not always easy to manoeuvre a vehicle when the power steering’s not switched on. This isn’t always a fool-proof method either – sometimes it just doesn’t work. It certainly won’t if your car is automatic.

The best thing to do then, if at all possible, it to jump the car using leads, and this handy guide will tell you everything that you need to know. Learn it, memorise it, and you won’t be concerned the next time the car doesn’t start.

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