How to Start an Automatic Car with a Dead Battery

by Phil Borges // in Car

A dead battery can be a frustrating experience, especially if you’re in a hurry to get somewhere. However, with a little bit of knowledge, you can jump-start your automatic car with a dead battery and get back on the road in no time.

Can you start an automatic car by pushing it?

When it comes to starting an automatic car, pushing it is not an option. Automatic cars rely on the battery to start the engine and run the electrical systems. Pushing an automatic car won’t start the engine, and it can also damage the transmission.

How do you jump-start an automatic car without cables?

Jump-starting an automatic car without cables is not possible. You will need a set of jumper cables and another car with a good battery to jump-start your car. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Park the other car next to your car so that the jumper cables can reach both batteries.
  2. Turn off both cars and open the hood of each car.
  3. Connect the positive jumper cable to the positive terminal of the dead battery and the other end to the positive terminal of the good battery.
  4. Connect the negative jumper cable to the negative terminal of the good battery and the other end to an unpainted metal surface on your car’s engine block.
  5. Start the other car and let it run for a few minutes.
  6. Try to start your car. If it doesn’t start, wait a few more minutes and try again.
  7. Once your car starts, let it run for a while to recharge the battery.

Can you start a car with a completely dead battery?

If your car battery is completely dead, jump-starting it may not work. In this case, you will need to replace the battery. You can either call a tow truck or replace it yourself if you have the tools and knowledge. It’s important to note that a dead battery may be a sign of a larger problem, such as a faulty alternator, so it’s a good idea to have your car checked by a professional.

In conclusion, knowing how to jump-start an automatic car with a dead battery can save you time and money. Remember to always carry a set of jumper cables in your car and follow the steps carefully to avoid damaging your car’s electrical system. If you’re unsure about jump-starting your car, it’s best to call a professional for help.

About the author, Phil Borges

Phil Borges is a battery aficionado. He's written extensively about batteries, and he loves nothing more than discussing the latest innovations in the industry. He has a deep understanding of how batteries work, and he's always on the lookout for new ways to improve their performance.