Introduction: Start Your Car With a Rope (Dead Battery Life Hack)

About: Innovative Projects, Diy's, Life Hacks

In this Instructable, I demonstrate a way to start a manual transmission car with a dead battery.

We won't use jumper cables or push the car.

This trick is great for situations when you need to start the car, but there is nobody to give you a push or a jump start.

What's needed:

  • Manual transmission car
  • Jack
  • Rope

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Step 1:

Jack up one of the front wheels (if front wheel drive car)

Step 2:

Pull the handbrake and put the car in 3rd gear.

Step 3:

Turn the key in the ignition to ACC or On position (depending of the car)

Step 4:

Wrap a rope around the wheel lifted and pull.

If you are (strong) lucky enough, the car should start.


It will work best on petrol cars.

I did try it on a diesel, but it was too hard to pull the wheel.


☠ Warning ☠
As mentioned in the video, It will NOT work on any car. Trying to start the car this way can be Dangerous.

Use this Instructable at your own risk.