How Do You Bump-start a Car With An Automatic Transmission?

Getting an automatic car into running state with keys in the ignition point seems easy unless it starts troubling. In technical words, the dead battery or faulty starter motor doesn’t allow the car to start even when the keys are turning to driving mode.

Therefore, gaining driving tips of how to bump-start a car with an automatic transmission is incredibly useful, especially when there’s no car breakdown service station nearby.

Systematic Procedure to Bump-start a Car with an Automatic Transmission

Unavailability of other methods, make “Push-start” the most successful process of starting the vehicle. Classified into two categories, the first process of bump-start requires using leads while the second method demands car-rolling to start the engine.

Unlike manual cars, the second process is not recommended for automatic vehicles because it would cause considerable damage to the transmission system. However, the first method works best to jump-start a car with jump leads.

Therefore, without any further ado, let’s learn the steps to jump-start a car using leads.

1. Place the Two Cars Closely

Yes! true “two cars”, one which needs a jump-start and another, which has a charged battery. Placing these two cars close to each other is essential because this would allow the leads to connect properly.

Additionally, keep the metal objects away from the car’s battery or cables, as these are a good conductor of electricity. Also, take off any clothing that may end up catching in engine’s bay. Moreover, inspect the car batteries. In case, any of this chargeable tool is broken or seems to leak, take the car to the professional mechanic immediately. Similarly, if the cables are damaged, buy the new ones.

2. Connect the Leads to Positive Terminal

Steps to bump-start a car with an automatic transmission
Learn about how to bump-start a car with an automatic transmission. Source: HotCars

Before connecting the leads in the car’s battery, turn off the engine with keys out. Next, on the positive terminal (+) of the working car’s battery (Let’s name it Car 1), attach the red jump cable using the clip. And, clip the other end of the red cable onto the positive terminal of the non-working car (Let’s name it Car 2).

During the connection, make sure that the fasten wires don’t fall into the engine area. Else during the method of bump-start a car with an automatic transmission, you may end up harming yourself.

3. Connect the Leads to Negative Terminal

Now, attach the one end of the black lead to the negative terminal (-) of the Car’s 1 battery, with another end to the earthing point of Car 2. Usually, the cars have a defined earthing point but in case, there is no dedicated position, connect the black lead to any unpainted bolt like engine chassis or block. In fact, while connecting the black lead, a minor sparking will occur, which is nothing to be worried about.

Note: The other end of the connected black lead should be away from the fuel-related components and battery of the car.

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4. Start the Cars

Gently turn “ON” the engine of Car 1 and after a while (around 5 minutes), check the status of Car 2. You must be able to start the latter vehicle. In case, the Car 2 doesn’t start, check the connection and try again. Still, if the vehicle doesn’t start, this calls for the battery replacement.

On the contrary, if the Car 2 starts running, remove the clips. However, don’t touch any of the electrical components and remove the leads by handling their insulated area.

Tip: Remove leads in the following order: Black lead connected to the Earthern end, then Black part connected to Car 1, next to Red clip on Car 2, and finally, the red clip on Car 1.

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Explore how to bump-start a car with an automatic transmission. Source: Global Garage

To wrap up, keep the Car 2 in running condition for next 15 minutes. This is essential for the battery to charge and car to run normally. In case, the vehicle turns off prior to 15 minutes, you may end up repeating the entire process of “bump-start a car with an automatic transmission.”