How to Fix a Dead Car Battery without Jumper Cables
Maintenance (DIY)

How to Fix a Dead Car Battery without Jumper Cables

In due time your car batteries will run dead. Good thing mine run dead in an open parking lot and in broad daylight. There were many vehicles in the area and finding help to jumpstart my car was not going to be a problem until I realized I did not have jumper cables. Allow me to share what we did on how to fix a dead car battery without jumper cables.

Batteries run dead for a lot of reasons: You may have forgotten to turn off your headlights, flashers, interior lights or the radio for the night depleting the charge of your battery. Running the air conditioner when the car is stationary can also cause the battery to die.

Lack of maintenance, age and not starting your car for long periods of time can also cause the battery to die. The voltage regulator or diode bridge in the alternator failing can also be a cause.

When your car suddenly does not start, do some checks before pointing on the battery as the main culprit. Many cars have ignition settings that allow the electrical system to function without starting the engine. Check your headlights. If they are dim, your battery is indeed dead. If your headlights are as bright as it usually is, the problem is something else.

Even with a low battery level, you will get some light from your dashboard and a faint sound from the car stereo.  Listen to the sound of your car. If your engine gives off a cranking sound, there is nothing wrong with the battery. If your car does not give off any sound, you better start jumpstarting your car.

Jumpstarting is the most common way to deal with a dead battery. The process involves happens if you do not have jumper cables? This is when you need to know how to fix a dead car battery without jumper cables.

Option 1: Push the Car

This method is for stick shift or manual transmission cars.

Push the Car

Push the Car


Call a group of friends who will push your car. You may also ask some help from the people nearby. They may be your future friends. If you happen to be on a hill or an inclined road, you can get your car to start without the need of a push.


Switch on your car’s ignition (drive mode).


Press on the clutch


Set the car to its second gear while still stepping on the clutch


Signal your friends to push


Release the clutch and the car should start moving


If you are in a hill or inclined road, release the brakes to allow the car to start moving


Press on the clutch again. This is to make sure that the car does not stall. You can also press on the accelerator to make sure the car does not stall


Drive the car at 5mph quickly releasing the clutch so that gearbox and engine connect. This will allow the wheels to control the gears and the engine to start the combustion cycle


Drive your car for about 15 minutes to provide power to the battery


Stop the car but continue running the engine to charge the battery

This method is for an automatic car

  1. Have friends push your car to about 5mph
  2. Release the foot-brake and hand-brake.
  3. Set the car to second gear.
  4. When the car is moving, turn on the ignition.
  5. You may also keep your car in second gear and step on the gas while turning on the ignition.

Option 2: Jumpstart with a Portable Battery Pack

If you do not want to go into the hassle of having to call friends to push your car when the battery runs dead, you will need to invest in a portable battery pack.

With a portable battery pack such as the NOCO Genius Boost HD GB70 2000 Amp 12V UltraSafe Lithium Jump Starter there will be no need to call friends to give your car a push each time the battery runs dead. It also does not need another car’s battery to jumpstart your battery so you will not need any jumper cables.

Most portable battery packs for car batteries are self-charging. Most of them plug into the cigarette lighter of your car. These devices should be able to jumsptart your car in about 30 minutes maximum. They are available in a variety of shapes and most are 4-600 amps which is enough to charge the most car batteries.

  1. Turn off all electrical accessories of your car (radio, fan , windshield wipers.. )
  2. Plug the portable battery pack into the DC socket or cigarette light. Some battery pack models need to be connected directly to the car’s battery with jumper cables. 
  3. After about 30 minutes, attempt to start your car. 
  4. Leave the engine running for about 15 minutes to recharge the car battery.

Some models of portable battery packs come with features so you can charge your smartphones and other mobile devices.

With the options available, having your car battery suddenly konk up on you should not be a problem. The best option to take depends on your preference. Do you want to still look for a good Samaritan who would willingly allow you to charge your car batteries in his?

Would you sit and wait till your friends arrive to give your car a push or would request strangers to do the pushing?

Would you much rather have small portable gadgets in the dash that can jumpstart your car in a little over 30 minutes when the battery suddenly runs run?

With these discoveries, I am no longer scared to drive. I am confident that should my battery suddenly run dead, I have my small portable battery-packed (always fully charged) to give life to my car batteries in a matter of minutes. It can charge my smartphone, too.

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