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Old 02-10-2012, 07:50 PM   #1
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anyone ever have to push start your jeep?

i would like to hear your stories(ie. where were you?where were you going?who helped you? etc.). my starter took a crap on me a few weeks ago and i didn't know how to do it. i searched youtube and found some helpful videos. i also found a video that wasn't helpful but enjoyable in a weird way


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Old 02-10-2012, 08:39 PM   #2
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Did everyone else think "me push jeep loooong time"

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Old 02-10-2012, 09:19 PM   #3
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Yes i've bump started mine before...

nobody helped, i was lucky enough to be on a slight incline so i just pushed it to get it goin and rolled down the hill...

bump starting is cake...
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Old 02-10-2012, 09:45 PM   #4
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Man that brings back memories of my 68 Beetle... I don't miss popping the clutch to start a vehicle one bit. But I am glad that you have the option with standards if push comes to shove, literally.
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Last time in my jeep was after my dentist appointment. Mouth all numb and sore. Very little incline, just put 33' on and had to give it a running push. I only had one real shot..... and pop, vroom,vroom. Sweet.
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Hahaha we had to push start my friends jeep in our school parking lot! You should have seen peoples faces as me and my 3 of my friends were sprinting a jeep down the parking lot and over the speedbumps
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Old 02-10-2012, 10:26 PM   #7
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We had to push start an old ford pick-up for at least a month while my father saved up the money for a new battery. Man did that suck. We would leave it running once we were out. Gas was under a dollar and nobody stole anything back then.
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Old 02-10-2012, 10:54 PM   #8
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Gas under a dollar huh? Man that had to be at least 98-99. I remember cause that's when I was starting to drive And spending 10$ to fill up my beetle was soooo much money to me. Now I'm dropping $60 almost to fill a 19 gallon tank!!
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Old 02-10-2012, 11:24 PM   #9
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Gas under a dollar huh? Man that had to be at least 98-99. I remember cause that's when I was starting to drive And spending 10$ to fill up my beetle was soooo much money to me. Now I'm dropping $60 almost to fill a 19 gallon tank!!
Gas went to a dollar in 80-81. so pushing at 13 was really tough.
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Damn thought it wasn't until later. Gas was .98 / gal when I was 16 in 98. Sure wish it was that way now.
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Old 02-11-2012, 04:52 AM   #11
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Bump starting for me was daily ritual senior year....had a 62 Willys pickup (dump body on it!..Chick magnet? NOPE!). Oh, wonderful 6v systems.

Oh, this was 1986, and gas was .89 gallon for LEADED
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Old 02-11-2012, 06:25 AM   #12
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I need to meet a girl that will push start my jeep in some stilettos
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Old 02-11-2012, 07:14 AM   #13
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can you do this in reverse? say you are facing up a hill,put the key to start, push in the clutch and roll backwards.will it start?
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can you do this in reverse? say you are facing up a hill,put the key to start, push in the clutch and roll backwards.will it start?
I most certainly have done it in reverse before..
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Ya just make sure you put it in reverse
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Once at a after school meeting my starter wouldnt work and it was just me and my buddy in the parking lot and he drove a civic. After a couple of fails trying to pop start my jeep by pushing it, i talked him into hooking a strap to a little tow hook on the back of his civic. It was pretty funny but it worked, we still talk about it today
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I've bump started many cars, but never the TJ. I read on here that you couldn't bump TJ's (i was suspect) because the wiring is such a way that the battery needs a charge to complete the circuit (or something like that).

I guess this is not true?
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Old 02-11-2012, 08:53 AM   #18
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Back in the day when I was a teenager I always drove a stick and had to push start many of them. When the battery died I didn't have the money to buy a new one so I would push start it and hope it would charge enough for the next time I needed to start it.
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Did everyone else think "me push jeep loooong time"
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I've bump started many cars, but never the TJ. I read on here that you couldn't bump TJ's (i was suspect) because the wiring is such a way that the battery needs a charge to complete the circuit (or something like that).

I guess this is not true?
You can bump start a TJ, but it won't stay running if the battery is totally dead or unhooked due to what you mentioned above...it needs just enough of a charge to have the PCM running or something like that.

I've never bump started my Jeep...but have done it with a few vehicles. First one was to move a buddy's car down the road because his family was throwing a party and the battery was dead. He'd never done it before and was amazed at how it could be done. So the first time we're all pushing his car down the alley and tell him to pop the clutch...so what's he do? He eases the clutch out and we all smash into the back of the car when it goes, "SCREECH" and stops dead in its tracks.

Second attempt went much better and we got the car moved...he even utilized this method to drive to work off and on for a few weeks when he and another buddy were carpooling. Or when he was alone he'd jump it at home and then park on a big hill in front of his work. lol

I've done it at work a few times to fire up dirtbikes and quads when the batteries are dead and I wanna ride em...much easier than jumping em unless they haven't been started in ages.
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Old 02-11-2012, 01:13 PM   #21
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Was at lunch in my 2nd car about a year ago (2006 honda civic) with my girlfriend and her friend. Battery died, took the chance and let her friend try to drop the clutch for me while i pushed. (Florida has no hills, so it was relatively flat ground) She freaked out and hit the clutch instead of the break after her failed attempt and smashed right into a parked VW. I wasn't a happy camper.
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Haven't had to push start mine, but I have an anecdote

When I was a teenager, there was this schoolteacher who was a brilliant man, but had absolutely no common sense. One afternoon after school, I was working at the family service station and he was at the bank across the street in his Beetle. My uncle and I saw he was having trouble starting it, so we walked over and told him we would push it to get him going. We push it down the street, away he goes, and me and my uncle walk back to the station. About the time we get back, here he comes. He pulls into the station driveway, kills it and tells us he forgot to thank us
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i left my lights on at school one day and my battery was stone dead. I did not have any jumper cables. so me and my friend starting running behind the jeep across the parking lot trying to build up speed once it got going I jumped in and popped it into gear and off it went. I felt like I had ran a marathon by the time it started
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I haven't done it in this jeep but I did have to push my TJ. Thankfully, it was dry pavement, slight decline and I got it rolling good and was able to jump in (sans doors) and pop the clutch.
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I like to do it for fun while I drive, kill the ignition and jump it back on while moving lol
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Old 02-12-2012, 02:28 PM   #26
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Yep you can push/bump start a TJ with a bad starter but you can't do the same if the battery is completely dead. The type of alternator the TJ and most modern cars use can only generate power if it is getting 12 volts from the battery. Only older vehicles with generators could be bump started and continue to run with a dead or missing battery. Only some modern alternators can run without a good battery to power them up first.
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It's an empty feeling when you try to start your Jeep after a long, exhausting day in Newport (and home is about 2 hours away) and nothing happens! We tried to push start it but for whatever reason that didn't work. Fortunately someone had jumper cables and Jeep was up and running shortly after. Definitely learned my lesson, now i ALWAYS check to see if the lights are on...
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Ive had to twice. First time was easy cause i was on a hill and got it goin on my own, didnt wanna buy a new starter so i just took it apart and cleaned it real good. Worked great until about 2 weeks ago. Was on a date with the gf parked at a lake with a nice walking trail. Hiked 2 miles to come back to a dead jeep. Was parked facing downhill but on the edge of the lake. Had to recruit a couple to help push uphill. Got a new starter after that one
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We tried to push start it but for whatever reason that didn't work.
You must not have read post #26 immediately above yours.
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You must not have read post #26 immediately above yours.
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