Here's a handy trick: Say you find yourself in the middle of nowhere with a dead battery and no way to roll-start your vehicle. What do you do? If you happen to have enough rope lying around (or belts, for that matter), you can conceivably lift the drive axles, wrap the rope around a tire and pull with all of your might with the transmission in gear and the ignition on. The motion should be enough to turn the engine over and start the combustion cycle.

Of course, it's worth noting that the vehicle needs to be properly supported during this whole endeavor, or you could wind up with a runaway hulk in a hurry. Fortunately, the enterprising youths in the video after the jump had their derelict ride well secured before pulling the old rope trick.

We should mention a few safety precautions here. First, make well sure that you can release the rope as soon as the engine fires, or you'll quickly be introduced to the front fender well. Second, don't waste your effort on an automatic. There isn't a power in the 'verse that can cause a slusher to turn over its engine. Finally, be warned that it's going to take a significantly larger amount of effort (thanks, compression!) for any vehicle with more than four cylinders. Check out the video after the jump to see the trick in action.



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      LokisWager
      • 3 Years Ago
      "There isn't a power in the 'verse" Firefly?
        adrive7
        • 3 Years Ago
        @LokisWager
        Haha, I was about to comment the same thing.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      DarrenDriven
      • 3 Years Ago
      Did we forget about bump starting?
      blkgunnr017
      • 3 Years Ago
      win
      dukeisduke
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow, that's even better than hand-cranking a Lada: http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=zsGUoljkrDE
      benzaholic
      • 3 Years Ago
      > There isn't a power in the 'verse that can cause a slusher to turn over its engine. Ahh, you unwashed heathens. Mercedes included both a front and a rear fluid pump in their 722.3 family of four speed automatics through the 80s. The Owners Manual stated that these could be push started. I also read that the legendary PowerGlide transmission included a rear pump in some iterations, which would allow push starting.
        MyerShift
        • 3 Years Ago
        @benzaholic
        Old Chrysler TorqueFlites used to as well but they dropped the feature.
      4gasem
      • 3 Years Ago
      That's great if you have a 1.5L engine... What about us high compression V8 guys? lol
      PeterScott
      • 3 Years Ago
      A rolling start is easier and safer.
        nvedamuthu
        • 3 Years Ago
        @PeterScott
        What this type of start is for is if you are not on a smooth surface (a road), for example, mud or dirt, and you need to get the vehicle jump started. Of course, this would take considerably more effort for a V8 SUV.
      black republican
      • 3 Years Ago
      #1 I never keep a car this long. #2 This looks incredibly dangerous. #3 That guy's hat makes him look like he just came from a pride parade.
        Pandamasque
        • 3 Years Ago
        @black republican
        Mind you this is Lada Samara 2108. So this is probably Russia. So this guys outfit is more likely to be his fishing gear rather than...
      Krishan Mistry
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks easy if you have a 7:1 compression 3 cylinder manual FWD. Tell me when they rope start a diesel dual wheel pickup:)
        Não Pirilamparás
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Krishan Mistry
        Yawn.
        creamwobbly
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Krishan Mistry
        That's a 4 cylinder engine. The Lada Samara comes with 1.1 to 1.6 L engines, all 4 cylinder. Not sure of the compression ratio, but it's higher than 7:1. Anyway, with a *completely* dead battery, you'd have trouble starting any diesel because you need power to the glow plugs. The only way this would be useful would be if the starter motor is dead and you're on rough ground. Otherwise the principle is sound.
        creamwobbly
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Krishan Mistry
        That's a 4 cylinder engine. The Lada Samara comes with 1.1 to 1.6 L engines, all 4 cylinder. Not sure of the compression ratio, but it's higher than 7:1. Anyway, with a *completely* dead battery, you'd have trouble starting any diesel because you need power to the glow plugs. The only way this would be useful would be if the starter motor is dead and you're on rough ground. Otherwise the principle is sound.
          JamesJ
          • 3 Years Ago
          @creamwobbly
          Why do you need glow plugs? Use ether if it's cold outside. I have seen a diesel pickup start with a pull start from another truck. So yes, it can be done. In fact it should be easier to start a diesel without power because diesel engines don't need power to run.
      jevoe015
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's smarter and more fun to get the car to push with someone in the driver seat and side step the clutch. Been there a few times, plus no fumbling with jacks, a tangled rope on the wheel/axle, and you actually have someone in the car in case things get ugly. Who doesn't like a good workout anyways?
        creamwobbly
        • 3 Years Ago
        @jevoe015
        You must have missed the bit where they don't have a level surface...
      • 3 Years Ago
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