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Unread 04-10-2010, 04:27 PM   #1
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When I was 8-9, there was an 84ish dodge ram that sat outside unused and unprotected for about a year or two. It was fully operational if I remember right, but it was going to be parted out and sold. Anyway, since nobody was paying particular attention to it at the time, I decided to sneak around and try to take it for a spin. I found the keys somewhere, but it did not have a battery. Being a creative little sailor, I cut some long power cord from an appliance and ran it outside to the truck. Then, I split the cord in the middle so I had a positive and negative wire and chewed off the ends. You can guess what came next... I taped the two wires to (what I believe to be) the battery terminals, plugged in the cord, and tried to start the truck. Unfortunately, it did not work.

What did I do wrong? The country this was done in had 240v power by the way.

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a car runs on 12V
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Darn, all I had to do was divide the power by 20.


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It wouldn't run without a battery...

No spark.

Even if you managed to jump it off with the cord it would stop running once unplugged.
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It wouldn't run without a battery...

No spark.

Even if you managed to jump it off with the cord it would stop running once unplugged.
a car can run without a battery just fine..
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It wouldn't run without a battery...

No spark.

Even if you managed to jump it off with the cord it would stop running once unplugged.
It's called the alternator.
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Many thing appear wrong with this story. 120VAC at 25 amps would likely cause the starter motor to go up in smoke, fry everything else in the truck and generally make a stink. Literally.

Then again it is a dodge. It could have failed at failing.

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It wouldn't run without a battery...

No spark.

Even if you managed to jump it off with the cord it would stop running once unplugged.

They run fine once started. The alternator keeps the engine going.


Not much else is gonna work, but trust me they will run with no battery in the circuit. I drove my F150 50 miles one day with the battery cables(Specifically the one from B+ to the start solenoid nearby) so badly frayed that it wasn't working at all. If I turned the radio on I lost power, if I turned the headlights on I nearly stalled it, but it would run, and being a standard I was able to push start it.
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stupid question - how do you push start a car (I understand the part where you push the car)
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stupid question - how do you push start a car (I understand the part where you push the car)
Push the in and roll the vehicle in a numerically high gear. The rear wheels and everything up to the clutch spins. After up to speed, dump the clutch. This sends all that momentum into the engine and spins the crank, spinning the pistons, and turning the alternator. Effectively starting the vehicle. Just make sure to push that clutch back in or else your car will keep going. :
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A vehicle will only run on a Alt if the Alt is capable of supporting the power requirements at idle which alot of vehicle's are not. Newer cars have more electrical componets that d require bigger Alt's so I would venture to say 87 up with modern fuel injection probably could run on just Alt. Either way that's the worst thing that you can do to a Alt it will quickly demenish the life of the componet.
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