All car brands are classified as either automatic or manual cars. The first one to be in use was the manual, as far as 1950. The main difference between the two vehicles is in their gear selection. As their respective names suggest, such is the mode of the gear selection. Despite their differences, they still hold similarities, though some may be disputed. One of which is the focus of this write-up, can you push start an automatic car?
Understanding How Push Starting A Car Works
Push starting a car is also referred to as bump starting, popping the clutch, clutch starting among others. This method involves pushing a car while simultaneously manipulating the clutch at a set gear. This works best downward on a sloping road.
Can You Push Start An Automatic Car?
Push starting requires two main conditions; manual transmission and a mechanical fuel pump. According to this fact, push-starting will not work on automatic vehicles. Though in the past, automatic vehicles could be started in this way, since they come with a fuel pump at the rear of the transmission. These could be push-started, but with difficulty.
For the present-day automatics, such should not be contemplated, this will damage the transmission system of the vehicle. So what is the alternative way to replace the push start method?
Alternative Methods To Start An Automatic Car
1. Jump-Starting Your Vehicle
Having established the fact that push-starting an automatic vehicle is next to impossible, another method of starting the engine up is needed. When the ignition refuses to respond, what is the suitable course of action? In this case, a jump start is required. On the plus side, this can be used for both manuals and automatics, but let’s make certain the procedures involved.
Jumpstart, also referred to as a boost, is a method in which a dead battery is recharged by a temporary connection to an external power source. Two main tools are used for this method. Their mode of operation may be the same, the objective remains the same; reviving a dead battery using an external power source. They are jumper/booster cables and a portable jump starter.
a. Jumper Cables
These are special wires, designed to draw power from a charged battery of a vehicle and recharge a dead battery of another vehicle. This temporary connection can only be successful if the batteries have the same voltage. If either is higher or lower than the other, then one of them will short out. The external supply of electricity recharges the dead battery and provides some of the power needed to crank the engine.
This process will require a minimum of five minutes to complete and a maximum of ten minutes. Once the vehicle has been started, its normal charging system will recharge, so the auxiliary source can be removed. If the vehicle charging system is functional, the normal operation of the vehicle will restore the total charge of the battery.
There are precautions to note during the entire procedure, they are as follows;
.Ensure both vehicles are switched off before making the connection.
.The ends of the cables are fitted with alligator clips, these are the connectors. It is important that you do not let them touch each other or the metal surface of the car during the connection.
·Follow the manual and connect each cable to the correct battery terminal.
·Ensure that the batteries are of the same voltage.
·When the entire process is complete, take off the cable starting first with the positive terminal, not allowing it to touch any metallic surface.
Now let’s check out the other jump-start option.
b. Portable Jump Starter
If you thought the jumper cables were effective, then this will knock your socks off. This device performs the same function as its counterpart but there exists a difference. A portable jump starter does not need another car to revive a dead battery.
This device is equipped with a compact battery that can be recharged with electricity. This device is as powerful as another car battery. The following are the various ways the portable starter tops the jump cables;
·As stated earlier, it does not require the use of another battery, since it is equipped with something similar.
·It has reverse polarity protection. Sometimes people make mistakes to exchange the connection; negative to positive and vice versa. This could lead to a short circuit. With this device, such a mistake has no consequences, except that it will not charge the dead battery.
· It works for all batteries of different voltages.
Having either of these portable devices is a sure way to get your car started in the event of a low or dead battery. Push start is to manual vehicles as jump start is to automatics.
If you are not with either device, there is another way.
2. Spinning The Alternator
This is recommended for only experienced persons to avoid causing any other complications. Spinning the alternator is a sure way to charge the battery. To access the alternator, the fan belt has to be removed. Rotating the alternator quickly and for a long time is important to charge it.
But there has to be a little bit of power left in the battery so that this is possible. If there is zero power left in the battery whatsoever, this will be a complete waste of time and effort.
It is probably best to get the services of a tow truck or locating the nearest mechanic. Better safe than sorry.