How Do You Push-Start a Car?

How Do You Push-Start a Car?

To push-start a car, first turn off all unnecessary or auxiliary electrical systems. Press down the clutch pedal, set the car into second gear, and turn the ignition to the on position. Have someone push the car to about 5 to 10 miles per hour, then release the clutch to start the car.

  1. Turn off all electrical controls

    Turn off all nonessential electrical and auxiliary systems to ensure battery energy is conserved.

  2. Set the car in second gear

    Firmly press down the clutch, and shift the car to second gear. Alternatively, set the car to first gear only if the runway for pushing the car is too short or you can only manage to push the car very slowly.

  3. Push the car, and release the clutch

    Have a friend push the car to a speed of about 5 to 10 miles per hour. Once at optimum speed, release the clutch slowly to start the car.

  4. Follow through

    Once the car engine ignites, press the clutch back down. Gently press the accelerator pedal, so the alternator can charge the battery. Doing this also prevents the car from stalling if it is at a speed that is not appropriate for the current gear.