How To Jumpstart An Automatic Car?

Owning a car comes with a lot of responsibility. When you sign up for buying a car of your own, you are also signing up for a whole lot of responsibility. By this, we mean that along with the pleasures of driving your own car, you also get faced with certain maintenance issues from time to time. To combat these issues like a pro, the best idea is to read up about the potential problems or pain points of owning a car of your own. In this article, we will read more about the problems that come along with owning an automatic car, namely the issue of jumpstarting an automatic car.

A good practice of being well prepared for all the responsibilities that come along with owning your own automatic car is most definitely joining a professional driving school. In Dublin, more and more people are signing up with reputed driving schools like National Driving School so that they can learn all about driving as well as car ownership (manual or automatic) from professional driving instructors who are trained to deal with all types of situations. These driving instructors are ADI approved and possess all the knowledge and skills to transform an automobile newbie to an automobile expert. Not only will you learn the dos and don’ts of driving a car and rules and regulations of the road, but you will also get insider tips on how to take the best care of your vehicle.

Why should I know how to jumpstart my automatic car?

This is something every automatic car owner must know because chances are that at some point of car ownership, you are going to leave the lights of your car own, draining the battery, or you might have to deal with the dying power of your car battery sooner or later. The sooner you equip yourself with the knowledge of being able to jumpstart your automatic car, the more prepared you will be in case of a sticky situation. It is also trickier to jumpstart an automatic car whose battery is dead compared to a manual one. For a manual car, a simple push is enough to get the car rolling and started eventually. But the matter isn’t so simple for an automatic car. This is why we have written this article so that more automatic car owners understand what needs to be done in a situation like that.

How to jumpstart my automatic car?

There are a few tried and tested methods to jumpstart an automatic car. Here, we will elaborate on the most popular and effective methods –

1. Pushing the car

While pushing an automatic car may not be the most effective way to jumpstart it, there is a certain technique you could use to make sure the car can start correctly. When you want to jumpstart your automatic car, make sure that there is an empty road in front of you. You also need to make sure that the car is in the second gear and that the hand brake has been released completely. You can then ask your friends to start pushing the car. Once the car is moving and has enough momentum, the person sitting in the driver seat should turn on the ignition. If the car still does not start, then in your next attempt, you can also try stepping on the gas pedal to accelerate the motion of the car. If you follow these steps well and to the T, the chances of your automatic car jumpstarting will be very high.

2. Connecting the car to another working one

This method is also alternatively called tapping some power from another working car to get your stalled automatic car going. For this method, you will need jumpstart cables and a well functioning car. Park the well-charged car near the one which needs to be jumpstarted. The two cars need to be close to each other so that the jumpstart cables can reach both the car batteries. Now pop the hoods of both the cars, find the batteries of these cars and clean the connectors well so that the jumpstart cables can be connected to both the batteries easily. Car batteries have two sides – positive and negative. The positive side is usually in red and the negative side is usually black. Now you have to attach the red cable to the positive side of the working car and the other end of the cable to the positive side of the battery that is no longer working. Similarly, attach the black part of the cable to the negative side of the working car’s battery, and the other end of the cable to any metal part of the car that isn’t working. Now that all these connections have been made, you have to start the car which is working and keep the engine running for about half an hour. This process is basically done for recharging the car with the dead battery. Switch off the working car and try starting the car with the dead battery. If you have followed the steps correctly, the car should start right about now. Now that your car had been jumpstarted, you can disconnect the jump start cables.

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