It's frustrating when your car won't start. It's doubly frustrating when it's due to a battery issue and triply troubling when you don't have a set of jumper cables handy. Provided you own a car with a manual transmission, though, push- or pull-starting is a last-ditch tactic for when you absolutely have to get going.

Like many things in the automotive world, though, there's an art to starting a vehicle this way. You need to have a fair idea of what you're doing, unlike these gentlemen from Russia, who screw the whole thing up quite badly by attempting to use a public bus trolley as their tow-start vehicle – likely without the operator's knowledge. We're pretty sure there's a Russian Reversal joke to be made here. Take a look below at this spectacular series of unfortunate events, and let us know what you think in Comments.


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      canuckcharlie
      • 9 Months Ago
      Fastest police response ever!
      MechE
      • 9 Months Ago
      I imagine they were actually trying to get the bus to pull them for a while rather than just a pull start. Either way.....stupid.
      JaredN
      • 9 Months Ago
      How do you say "Hey, y'all, hold my vodka and watch this" in Russian?
        juststudent
        • 9 Months Ago
        @JaredN
        Google translate to the rescue Эй, вы все, держать меня за водку и смотреть на это
          Antanas Simkus
          • 9 Months Ago
          @juststudent
          No, thats not how u say it: The right way is :Ei, derzhi moiu vodku i smotri eto:
      Dark Gnat
      • 9 Months Ago
      This should be an Olympic sport.
      imtoomuch1
      • 9 Months Ago
      The video is set to private for me. Great story!
      Jared
      • 9 Months Ago
      Those crazy Russians at it again. lol
      downfourmayhem
      • 9 Months Ago
      When stupid ideas go wrong
      Michelle Blackwell
      • 9 Months Ago
      I don't understand why they stood around outside of the car waiting for the trolley to pull off. How did they expect to release the cable once the car started? Was the cop just sitting there waiting for them to injure themselves or cause properly damage? Seriously, those guys didn't think their plan through...
        Yev
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Michelle Blackwell
        They stood around outside the car because they were already outside the car trying to compression start the car in the limited amount of parking space they had. How they expected to release the rope once the car was started was by cutting it. Apparently the cop wasn't just waiting for them to injure themselves but rather was driving by at the right time. True that they didn't think their plan through though, one of them should have waited in the driver seat so he could steer the car once the trolley started pulling it. Even if the other friend got left behind temporarily, the one that was driving could circle around for him once the car was started. Vodka will do this to a person.
      Jeff
      • 9 Months Ago
      In America, we take the bus. In Russia, the bus takes you.
      x19x19
      • 9 Months Ago
      Off to the Gulag - never to be seen again.
      ScottT
      • 9 Months Ago
      I'm not sure why they even needed the trolley. Unless their battery was completely out of juice (which it almost never is), they should just be able to push that thing to about 4 mph and drop the clutch in 2nd gear. I know all about jump starting a car. Following some less than reliable car purchases, it took me until my mid-20's to have faith enough in starter motor technology to avoid parking my car uphill.
        onewayroll
        • 9 Months Ago
        @ScottT
        Dopping the clutch doesn't work if the engine crapped out.
      Edsel
      • 9 Months Ago
      Are humans really the smartest species on earth?
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