Most everybody knows that you can start a vehicle with a standard (stick) shift by releasing the brake, depressing the clutch, and pushing the vehicle to about five miles an hour and popping the clutch. The problem is you may be alone with your vehicle, or in an isolated area where you are in a depression or trapped with cars nearby and it is impossible to push the vehicle. "It ain't gonna happen".
You need a length of rope at least three meters (yards) long. Release the brakes and chock the front wheels. Now jack up the rear of the vehicle so BOTH rear wheels are above the ground. If this is difficult, jack up one side and shim, then move the jack to the other side and shim. Now prime the engine by pumping twice on the gas pedal and place the shift in high gear, and release the clutch. The vehicle is now in gear (a high gear). Now take the rope and wrap it around one of the outside tires. Make an "L" at one end across the tread and then wrap arround so two turns are on the tire. If you pull on the rope the tire will turn. It should turn in the direction the wheel would go if the vehicle were headed in a forward direction. Now comes the dangerous part. Imagine the tire is the starter motor. It is in high gear so the rotation of the tire should coincide with rotation of the driveshaft. Now PULL HARD on the rope. The turning tire will act as a starter motor. Be prepared for the engine to kick over in as little as a quarter turn if the motor is hot and conditions are ideal. DO NOT WRAP YOUR HANDS AROUND THE ROPE. (1) If the rope becomes entangled in the turning tire you may kill youself. (2) re-read # 1. When the engine starts, go to the cab, depress the clutch and allow the engine to idle in neutral. The go back and jack the tires down to level ground. This will work with any standard shift vehicle, diesel or gasoline.
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