Starting aqn Auto with a flat battery???

Submitted: Wednesday, Jun 28, 2006 at 10:33
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Hi all,

Just curious this morning. Does anyone know of a way to start an Auto with a flat battery, without the use of jumper leads, battery pack etc. Is there a way to push start them etc? Just interested! ;-)

Cheers
Scoey!
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Reply By: Flash - Wednesday, Jun 28, 2006 at 10:35

Wednesday, Jun 28, 2006 at 10:35
No.
Old auto's eg: the old Chrysler "Torque Flight" you could.
But now, definately no.
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Follow Up By: Member - AVA 191 (QLD) - Wednesday, Jun 28, 2006 at 20:35

Wednesday, Jun 28, 2006 at 20:35
Yeah, I did it it with one of these, down the verrryyyy steep hill between Kirra and Cooloongatta ....but that was a loooong time ago!
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Wednesday, Jun 28, 2006 at 10:37

Wednesday, Jun 28, 2006 at 10:37
what he said.
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Reply By: Member - Andrew W (SA) - Wednesday, Jun 28, 2006 at 10:40

Wednesday, Jun 28, 2006 at 10:40
If you're going fast enough:

www.snopes.com/autos/techno/pushcar.asp

but the real answer is "no". Auto tranmission fluid needs to be pumped around the transmission which needs the vehicle to be running ... chicken and egg situation, so the manufacturers don't make it possible.

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Follow Up By: Scoey (QLD) - Wednesday, Jun 28, 2006 at 11:23

Wednesday, Jun 28, 2006 at 11:23
hehe! Funny story! I had heard somewhere that if you could get the car going fast enough you could start it that way - I though it was a myth! I guess it is these days! Cheers for the responses guys - you've satisfied my curiosity! ;-)

Cheers
Scoey!
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Follow Up By: disco1942 - Wednesday, Jun 28, 2006 at 12:14

Wednesday, Jun 28, 2006 at 12:14
The older ones had a secondary pump in the box. You had to get them over 35MPH to get them started.

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Reply By: Member - Blue (VIC) - Wednesday, Jun 28, 2006 at 11:13

Wednesday, Jun 28, 2006 at 11:13
we did it with an XW Falcon... Towed it to about 60-70kph and it turned over and started... The tranny crapped itself about a week later...
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Reply By: Member - Jeff M (WA) - Wednesday, Jun 28, 2006 at 11:23

Wednesday, Jun 28, 2006 at 11:23
Hence why I have 3 batteries! ;-)

If you were really stuck, boil the billy and poor it over the battery to warm it up, make sure EVERYTHING is off (fans, stereo etc), cross your fingers, hold your nose right and try again.
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Wednesday, Jun 28, 2006 at 11:46

Wednesday, Jun 28, 2006 at 11:46
3????? YOU GREEDY PIG!
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Follow Up By: Member - Jeff M (WA) - Wednesday, Jun 28, 2006 at 12:05

Wednesday, Jun 28, 2006 at 12:05
We gotta run all our gadgets from somthing! I'm going to need an offroad box trailer to carry batteries by the time I'm finished! LOL!
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Follow Up By: Steve63 - Wednesday, Jun 28, 2006 at 12:39

Wednesday, Jun 28, 2006 at 12:39
Four is better
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Follow Up By: Alloy c/t - Wednesday, Jun 28, 2006 at 16:58

Wednesday, Jun 28, 2006 at 16:58
3 batts / 4 batts / your only beginners , try 6 batts , 3x 80 amp hr Fullriver Agm under bonnet and 3x same in c/trailer !!
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Follow Up By: Gramps (NSW) - Wednesday, Jun 28, 2006 at 17:05

Wednesday, Jun 28, 2006 at 17:05
6 batteries !!! That's a bloody big hair dryer you take with you Alloy LOLOL
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Follow Up By: Member - Jeff M (WA) - Wednesday, Jun 28, 2006 at 17:51

Wednesday, Jun 28, 2006 at 17:51
"3 batts / 4 batts / your only beginners , try 6 batts "
I like, I like!! The first hybrid 4wd! You can almost cruise on the freeway just by the starter motor!
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Follow Up By: Member No 1- Wednesday, Jun 28, 2006 at 17:53

Wednesday, Jun 28, 2006 at 17:53
gramps its not the hair dryer..its the elec blanket
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Follow Up By: Member - Jeff M (WA) - Wednesday, Jun 28, 2006 at 18:46

Wednesday, Jun 28, 2006 at 18:46
LOL! I just tested that theory the other day, I reckon I'm going to try it next trip. I measured 4 amps running the leccy blanket off the inverter. I seriously reckon that'd keep the chill from comming up through the air mattress. :-)

We have such a space shortage when we go away and I think I might be able to cut down on some blankets and crap if we use the leccy one.
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Follow Up By: Gramps (NSW) - Wednesday, Jun 28, 2006 at 18:48

Wednesday, Jun 28, 2006 at 18:48
hahahaha MN1 and Jeff M. I did'nt even think about that 'other' necessary item :))))
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Follow Up By: luch - Wednesday, Jun 28, 2006 at 19:30

Wednesday, Jun 28, 2006 at 19:30
lol i now know why you guys use so much fuel on your trips ! ! !

you're hauling 3 tonne of lead
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Follow Up By: Member No 1- Thursday, Jun 29, 2006 at 07:46

Thursday, Jun 29, 2006 at 07:46
mate at the pistol club gets 6hrs from the electric blanket on low setting from his harley battery when camping in his swag.....
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Reply By: Motherhen - Wednesday, Jun 28, 2006 at 23:13

Wednesday, Jun 28, 2006 at 23:13
Carry a power pack. After my post re the solar trickle chargers, we now have a power pack. Son-out-law got called out by my elder daughter so many times with his power pack that she got one for her birthday from little sis and partner. It's in my car now just in case i get caught. Recently Mitre 10 hardware stores had one with air pump as well on special for $46.
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Reply By: fisho64 - Wednesday, Jun 28, 2006 at 23:27

Wednesday, Jun 28, 2006 at 23:27
Scoey,
after many years at sea I have been told by a few people that a flat battery, in a desparate situation you can tip the electrolyte out and fill with (from memory) salt water and get enough juice to crank a diesel over.
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