When a car’s battery dies out, the first instinct which strikes the mind is to start the vehicle by pushing it while its gear and clutch lever is engaged. While it is one easy task to carry out in a small hatchback or a compact sedan or SUV, it can become one strenuous task if it is a full-sized SUV that requires an enormous amount of force to push it. An incident something similar to it took place in New Delhi, where a Mercedes-Benz G-Class was pushed by around ten men to start it when its battery gave up.
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A video of this incident was uploaded on the Instagram page of ‘supercars_in_india’, in which we can see around ten men pushing a white-coloured Mercedes-Benz G-Class, which is one of the heaviest and most powerful full-sized SUVs available in the world.
The kerb weight of around 2.5 tonnes and a tall and boxy structure make the G-Class one of the most difficult SUVs to push. However, when the battery of this monstrous SUV just refused to help in cranking the engine due to a condition of discharging, the men thought that there was no other option but to start it by following the conventional method of starting the SUV by pushing it.
Starting a vehicle with automatic transmission
But one thing that the men pushing the G-Class were unaware of was that a vehicle having an automatic transmission cannot be started by just pushing it. Like all the other vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission, the Mercedes-Benz G-Class has an open clutch in its gearbox and does not get a clutch pedal – the two conditions that will not allow the cranking of the engine.
With these conditions, the only method by which a vehicle with automatic transmission can be started if its battery dies down is to jump-start it.
For jump-starting a vehicle’s battery, you will need another vehicle whose battery is in working condition. The first step in this process is the connect the terminals of the batteries with the help of booster cables, through which energy is transferred from the working battery of another car to the dead battery. However, one should note that the donor battery in another vehicle should not be of a higher voltage than the battery which is not in the working condition. Also, one should maintain a safe distance or gap between the two vehicles to avoid short-circuiting.