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ATP Podcast E031: Three Ways to Jump Start a Car

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Welcome back to the Across The Peak Podcast, the show Where Rich and Justin discuss preparedness, the birds and the bees, guns, history, tattoos, and… well, basically all the stuff your old man shoulda taught you! After a four-year silence we are re-releasing the ATP archive. Here it is, folks, Across The Peak Episode 031: Three Ways to Jump Start a Car! This show was originally released on 01/23/2019.

Three Ways to Jump Start a Car

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What are you drinking?

Rich’s Drink: Jim Beam Repeal Batch
Justin’s Drink: Sierra Nevada Celebration (2018 Edition)

It just so happened that Ky and I were able to find a bottle of Jim Beam Repeal Batch just a few days after Rich mentioned it on the show. Also notice the cutting board in the background – Rich made that and gave it to us as a gift.

Jump-Starting with Jumper Cables

These are some photos from the original article. Be sure you always have a set of high-quality jumper cables in your vehicle!

Step 1: Attach the red cable to the positive terminal on the working vehicle.

Step 2: Ground the black cable to an unpainted, metal surface in the engine compartment of the working vehicle.

The battery terminal may be under a protective cover, like this.

Step 3: Attach the cables to the battery in the non-working vehicle.

Step 4: Give it a couple minutes before attempting to start the downed car. Once it is started (or determined it won’t start) remove the cables. Be sure to keep them at least 12″ apart so they don’t arc. Now remove the cables from the other vehicle.

Backing into a parking space can make it much easier for someone to reach your vehicle with jumper cables.

Jumping with a Battery Pack

This is the battery pack that Rich and I talked about. I bought two shortly after this show, one for my car and one for Ky’s. I’ve had several opportunities to use them and they work very well.

Popping The Clutch

If your car has three pedals instead of two (like mine) you can always start the car by “popping” the clutch. Listen to the show to find out how!

Book of the Week

100 Deadly Skills by Clint Emerson


To be honest I don’t remember recording this one – it isn’t anchored to anything in my memory. In hindsight I did think this was a pretty damn good episode, though.

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