How To Start A Car With A Dead Battery Without Another Car?

How To Start A Car With A Dead Battery Without Another Car?

Unfortunately, there are times when you may find yourself stranded because your car would not start. Whether it’s because the battery died or it simply does not want to turn over, here are some steps that can help you get mobile again without needing an additional car or someone else to give you a jumpstart.

1 . First thing first, make sure that your battery is dead before anything else. If you are unsure, follow these steps.

(1) Grab your keys to the car and go out to the car. Do not use the remote or keyless entry if available in your car because that usually drains power from the battery when it is not needed. 

2 . Pull open the hood of the car. And you will see what looks like a large dark green cell. It’s called your battery (hence the name engine battery).

3 . Check to see if there is enough charge by pressing on the top of it with your finger. If it moves, then you have at least some juice left in it and this tip won’t be much help. If it is firm, then you should proceed to the next step.

4 . Now this step requires a little bit of courage because we will be getting close to some dangerous sparks, but we all take risks every now and then (sometimes without realizing them). So here goes.

(1) Locate your positive terminals. It is usually red and has a plus symbol.

(2) Now take your other piece of wire (it should be thick) and place it on the positive terminal. Make sure you do not touch anything metal with it or you will get an electrifying experience that is not fun at all.

5 . Once you see sparks, immediately remove them because that means you have successfully completed step 4.

6 . If there are no sparks after putting the wire on the battery, then your battery is likely dead or completely drained and needs to be replaced. You can replace it by following these steps.

(1) Check to see if the car with a working battery has enough space for you to store your old battery. If not, then the solution is to get a portable charger and use it until you can install the new battery.  If there is enough space, then proceed to step 2.

(2) To remove your current battery, locate the two clamps that hold on your negative terminal (usually black and has a minus symbol) and remove it first.

(3) And then proceed to remove the positive (red with a plus symbol). 

7 . If you are not able to get a replacement battery right away, invest in a portable jumper pack that can be easily stored in your trunk or car boot. These packs usually cost around $40 – $100 and can be used multiple times. 

8 . Once you have acquired a new battery, put it in the car and start it up. If there is no problem with your old battery then take your jumper pack out of storage and follow these steps.

(1) Make sure that the working car/battery is turned off.

(2) Connect the jumper cables to both cars, but make sure that you keep some space between your battery charger and the dead car.

(3) Startup the working car/battery and let it charge your dead battery for around 5 minutes. After this is done, try starting up your car without any help from another car or a jumper pack.

9 . And you should now be able to drive off the side of the road and get moving again! If there is still no movement, then it may need a new starter or alternator, but that will require more than just these steps to fix. 

So next time you find your car’s battery dead after trying to start it up, try this guide out first. It may save you the hassle of running to another car or hoping that someone sitting at a red light will be nice enough to jump your battery for you.

If you do this for someone, please tell them to follow these instructions carefully.

10 . And if they ask why you didn’t just jump it using another car, then politely say that ‘that is too mainstream and walk away.

Call Roadside Assistance Method:

If you want to tow the car and don’t know how to start a stalled car, then call your roadside assistance company. They will send someone with a working car and truck to safely move it from the road for you.

Follow These Pro Tips To Start Your Car Without Another Car:

TIP#1: If you want to call them yourself, then try not to be an annoying person. All they really care about is getting your car off the road and this means that when they roll up next to it, you should be standing outside with a smile on your face and ready to chat.

TIP #2: If you ask for help in getting your car started, then do exactly what the guy says. Remember that he is there to help you so don’t argue or complain about his methods (unless it’s extremely ridiculous, but I doubt it will be).

TIP #3: Have some patience. It may take a few minutes for them to get your dead battery up and running, so don’t get frustrated. After all, you were the one who left your car turned off with a dead battery in the first place.

TIP #4: Act like everything is okay to trick them into starting it for you. This will make them think that you are not annoyed or miserable enough for them to jump-start your car.

TIP #5: Once it starts, then go ahead and thank them profusely. This will keep them from physically pulling you out of your car and making you follow the steps in this guide (which they are required to do if someone is creating a hazardous situation).

TIP#6: If your battery gets low again after a few months, then you should take your car to a shop and let them check out the alternator. If it is broken, then get it fixed as soon as possible. 

TIP #7: If your car is old, then you should keep the number for a local towing service nearby (in case roadside assistance can’t help you). This way you won’t be stuck out in the middle of nowhere with no way to fix it.

I hope that this guide will come in handy. I know that it has helped me many times and I hope that you can use this guide to start your car with a dead battery too.


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By Yusuke Kohara

Hi, my name is Yusuke Kohara. I'm a research scientist with 20+ years of experience in the battery industry. My knowledge and expertise has been applied to power electric vehicles, mobile electronics, and more! I am also a true car enthusiast. It’s not just about cars for me - it's about all things automotive! I enjoy helping others find their perfect vehicle by providing detailed buying guides as well as reviews on different types of batteries from various manufacturers across the world.



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