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Picture the scene: you’re on a date with the girl of your dreams; you look good, she smells great and you’re thinking “this could be the night”. She turns to you as you finish your meal and says “let’s go back to your place”. Score!
So you proceed to your car, turn the key and nothing. You turn and smile awkwardly to your date and try again – still nothing. This isn’t good. The battery is dead and, so it seems, is your chance of getting jiggy with it.
So for future reference, here are some helpful tips on how to kick start your car to keep you from sexual embarrassment.
Call the services!
If you’re stuck in the middle of nowhere with a dead battery, the situation might seem desperate. You’ve no tools at your disposal and you’re about as skilled under the hood as a four-year-old, so what do you do? Well, if you’re covered with breakdown assistance either under an independent company or through your insurance, you could ring them and ask for help. It’s the cheat’s way out but by ringing them at least you’ll know within around 45 minutes the clever people with wrenches and hammers will be there to save the day.
Use your head!
One of the few things you should have in your trunk is an emergency kit. This could comprise of anything from First Aid bandages to water, but one item it definitely should have is jump leads. With just two jump leads you can kick start your dead battery and get you back on the road in no time.
As long as you can get another motorist to help you out with their car, the jump lead is a sure fire way of kick starting your drained battery.
If you don’t have some jump leads in the trunk, it would be wise to buy some, just in case. And always remember to turn both cars off before you connect the leads!!
Use your brawn!
If none of the above manage to kick start your car, then there’s always the rolling start. With a few helpful motorists it is possible to kick start a dead motor by pushing the car into a roll – whilst someone is in the driver’s seat – and by turning the ignition. It doesn’t always work, but if you can do it in a safe and controllable way it is possible to kick start the engine. It works by moving the starter motor back and forth, and thus potentially re-starting the engine.
If all else fails and you can’t jump start your motor, then it could be time for a new battery. You won’t be 100% sure that it is actually the battery, so to make sure you don’t spend money on pointless endeavours it would make sense to take it to a mechanic to take a proper look at what is wrong.
It could be something considerably more serious than just a new battery, and at least then you’ll have peace of mind and you can buy accordingly.
Ask the partner
Remember, you don’t know everything! Perhaps your better half knows something you don’t about motors or why the battery may have packed in. Knowledge is the key to any successful kick start, and sometimes the person right next to you might have a clue as to why it’s decided to stop working.
Perhaps a wire is loose, or when they were working on it they accidently unplugged the wrong lead. All of these circumstances could be possible. So make sure you ask before you start spending even more money!
This guest post was brought together with the help of Lee Pickering from Netcars.com.
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