How to Move a Car Without Starting It

by Jenna Foote
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You insert your key into your car's ignition to start the engine but nothing happens. Perhaps the battery is dead; maybe the starter is defective. In any case, if your vehicle won't start, you can still move it to another location to jump-start the battery or safely call for help. To move your vehicle without starting it, you will need to shift gears and you'll need help pushing the car to the desired location.

Step 1

Direct one or more strong people to stand ready to push the vehicle to the desired location.

Step 2

Depress the brake pedal.

Step 3

Insert the key into the ignition and turn it to the "On" position.

Step 4

Move the gearshift to "N" or neutral gear

Step 5

Steer and brake as necessary while the vehicle is being pushed.

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