Overcoming a Dead Starter: Temporary Solutions - The Coventry Observer

Overcoming a Dead Starter: Temporary Solutions

Coventry Editorial 14th Jul, 2023   0

Even with a dead starter, there are a few methods you can use to get your vehicle running temporarily. However, these should only be used in emergencies and are not long-term solutions. Always seek professional help to replace or repair a faulty starter motor.

Push Start

This method, also known as ‘bump starting’, works only for manual transmission vehicles. Here’s how to do it:

● Turn the ignition key to the ‘on’ position.

● Engage the clutch and put the car in second gear.




● Have someone push the car until it gains some momentum, or if you’re on a hill, let gravity do the work.

● Once the car is moving, quickly release the clutch. The motion of the wheels should turn the engine over, allowing it to start.


Tip: Be ready to press the clutch back in quickly to prevent the car from stalling.

Jump Start

If you have a pair of jumper cables and another vehicle with a working starter motor, you can try a jump start:

● Park the working vehicle close to the one with the dead starter, but make sure they don’t touch.

● Connect one end of the red (positive) jumper cable to the positive terminal of the dead battery, and the other end to the positive terminal of the good battery.

● Connect one end of the black (negative) jumper cable to the negative terminal of the good battery.

● Connect the other end of the black jumper cable to an unpainted metal surface on the car with the dead battery, away from the battery itself.

● Start the working vehicle and let it run for a few minutes.

● Try to start the vehicle with the dead starter. If it starts, let it run for a while to charge the battery.

Tip: Always follow safety precautions while handling jumper cables and batteries.

Using a Portable Jump Starter

Portable jump starters are compact, easy to use, and can be a lifesaver when your vehicle won’t start. To use one:

● Connect the red (positive) clamp to the positive terminal of your battery.

● Connect the black (negative) clamp to an unpainted metal surface on your car.

● Turn on the jump starter and attempt to start your vehicle.

Tip: Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when using a portable jump starter.

Remember, these methods are temporary solutions. If your starter motor is faulty, it’s crucial to have it inspected and replaced by a professional to ensure your vehicle’s reliability and your safety on the road.

There could be numerous reasons why the starter isn’t functioning. Common issues include worn-out brushes or damaged starter gears. A failure in the ignition lock could also prevent the starter from turning. If the starting relay is faulty, a clicking sound may be audible. Contamination in the manifold could be another source of malfunction. Given the complexity of diagnosing these issues, it’s advisable to have it done at a professional service center.

Information about the starter was taken from onlinecarparts.co.uk

Information on how to start the car was taken from familyhandyman.com

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