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starter cable for empty car battery

My car battery run empty and I am now looking for a possibility to start the car from outside. A friend of mine has a car and can start mine but we don't have a cable for connecting the car batteries.
Do you have any tips for where to get such a cable for a low price or does anybody have a cable and would be willing to lend it to me?
Thanks so much for your help!
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Old 03.11.2014, 15:05
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My car battery run empty and I am now looking for a possibility to start the car from outside. A friend of mine has a car and can start mine but we don't have a cable for connecting the car batteries.
Do you have any tips for where to get such a cable for a low price or does anybody have a cable and would be willing to lend it to me?
Thanks so much for your help!
Pretty much all gas stations will have a set of jumper cables.
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Re: starter cable for empty car battery

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Re: starter cable for empty car battery

Oh, and don't buy a cheap nasty one, buy a decent quality thick one otherwise it'll just melt and or break

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Old 03.11.2014, 15:14
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Re: starter cable for empty car battery

As a quick fix, you could ask a couple of friends, or passers-by, to lick the index finger and thumb on both hands and clamp the same terminal on both batteries (cars have to be parked closely), whilst standing and balancing on a rubber ball.
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My car battery run empty and I am now looking for a possibility to start the car from outside. A friend of mine has a car and can start mine but we don't have a cable for connecting the car batteries.
Do you have any tips for where to get such a cable for a low price or does anybody have a cable and would be willing to lend it to me?
Thanks so much for your help!
Unless you specifically let the battery discharge (leaving the lights on etc), you may find, especially for an older battery, that it won't hold a charge any more and you'll need to ultimately get a new battery.

It's quite common this time of year as the cold nights set in.
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Re: starter cable for empty car battery

Migros hobby has an offer on a rechargeble hand held portable battery lead charging/tyre air hose unit. Nice and compact and works really well.
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Old 03.11.2014, 16:50
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Migros hobby has an offer on a rechargeble hand held portable battery lead charging/tyre air hose unit. Nice and compact and works really well.

not if the battery is totally dead the cheap packs don't have enough amps to start a totally dead battery
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As a quick fix, you could ask a couple of friends, or passers-by, to lick the index finger and thumb on both hands and clamp the same terminal on both batteries (cars have to be parked closely), whilst standing and balancing on a rubber ball.
Are you joking this is Switzerland. The only people that will help with a jump start are foreigners.
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not if the battery is totally dead the cheap packs don't have enough amps to start a totally dead battery
If it is totally dead then it is best to take it out and use the portable pack to charge it overnight. Even with good quality leads the car will not jump immediately, you will have to leave the other car running for a whlile to get some juice into your battery.

What make is your motor?
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If it is totally dead then it is best to take it out and use the portable pack to charge it overnight. Even with good quality leads the car will not jump immediately, you will have to leave the other car running for a whlile to get some juice into your battery.

What make is your motor?
Forget it!!!
If the battery is completely dead you'll stand a better chance of jumping it (with the other engine running) than leaving it to charge.

I had a newish battery drain on me about a month or so ago - plugged the trickle charger on to it and it wouldn't even start charging - connected the (running) Disco - fired up straightaway. The lesson has been learned to always connect the tricklecharger if the car is parked up for more than a week!
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Re: starter cable for empty car battery

Suppose it depends on the quality of battery and how shot it is. I used my fathers pack in the UK a few years back, left it overnight and fitted it in the morning, kicked in straight away.
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Old 03.11.2014, 17:36
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Suppose it depends on the quality of battery and how shot it is. I used my fathers pack in the UK a few years back, left it overnight and fitted it in the morning, kicked in straight away.
Good quality battery - but not the most powerful of chargers - it is a trickle one, ideally used on a regular basis.

Saying that though, when I was camping the Disco was running a camping fridge on the 12v - that drained the battery pretty quickly - and took a few hours on the trickle charger to get it fire up again.
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Re: starter cable for empty car battery

Jump start it. Far more effective than using leads if totally dead.
Get in car. Put car in 1st gear. Put your foot on clutch and get your mate to push you. Once you have some speed, let the clutch out slowly and off you go!!
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Re: starter cable for empty car battery

of course you can only do that in a manual gearbox car

(and use 2nd not 1st )
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of course you can only do that in a manual gearbox car

(and use 2nd not 1st )
And if you are going to do it on a gradient make sure it isn't too steep - and you know what you are doing
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Re: starter cable for empty car battery

For better advice you could give more information,

how old is the battery?

were the lights left on, or why did the battery discharge?

if the above is a no, then consider the battery is clapped out and you will have to jump start it every time. So buy a new battery.

think about joining the TCS.
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Jump start it. Far more effective than using leads if totally dead.
Not if you have electronic fuel injection.

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of course you can only do that in a manual gearbox car

(and use 2nd not 1st )
Also making sure the ignition is turned on.
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Re: starter cable for empty car battery

Hey, thanks a lot for the advice :-) ! I have a cable now and will give it a try...the jump starting method is a bit problematic as the car is parked between other cars at the end of the road...so not so easy to push it out.
And no, there were no lights or such on...the battery is just a bit old and with the cold weather...anyway...hope it works...otherwise I will have to get a new battery.
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