Can you jump start a car using speaker wire?
- River EuphratesLv 74 weeks agoFavourite answer
I guess it depends on what you mean by 'speaker wire'.
A regular speaker wire (12-16 Gauge) would melt, but if you have some 4-6 Gauge wire for a massive sub or something you might be able to get away with it.
Still a bad idea - get some jumper cables - or, better yet, get a portable jump-starter (and if you are having to jump your vehicle a lot, get a new battery and/or fix whatever is wrong with your car that is causing it not to charge the battery properly.
- 4 weeks ago
Sure, if it doesn't work, you can always double it up. Worst case is it gets hot if cranking time is too long.
- Anonymous4 weeks ago
Sure, though it has to be 500 strands of speaker wire used as one strand(so a big bundle)
- JackolanternLv 74 weeks ago
You can if you use the wires to charge your battery off another car. But to use them for your starter, that would only work if your batter is just down enough that it wont start the car by it's self. If your battery was dead, then the wires may just smoke when attached to your battery and another and tried to start the car.Source(s): Chrysler Master Tech and advisor, retired.
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- champerLv 74 weeks ago
Depends on what you call speaker wire. The sort of wire normally used for today's speakers is nowhere near heavy enough to carry the current demanded by the starter. That's why there's a solenoid. The normal wiring of the ignition/start switch is enough to handle the light current there, and it triggers the solenoid which powers up especially heavy cable to carry the starter current.
- AssaholaLv 64 weeks ago
You can try ,and then video it and use it for a example if what not to do .If your going battery to battery .The amperage will fry the speaker wire Basically melting it where ever it breaks .now years ago they sold a cigarette lighter to lighter jumper cord Funny thing is Your cars starter NEEDS CURRENT TO TURN OVER THE ENGINE SCREW THE VOLTS .it's amps that's needed to turn the engine via the electric starter . Volts are the rate at which the current travels .AMPS are what's needed to get you going So speaker wire has no real current rating .If it does it's very low .So no not unless your into melting wire
- thebax2006Lv 74 weeks ago
No..If you're that dumb keep the hood closed and call a tow truck.
- regeruggedLv 74 weeks ago
No. The voltage will fry the wire.
- STEVEN FLv 74 weeks ago
Speaker wire MAY be able to carry enough current to recharge the battery enough to start the car in several hours.
It won't come anywhere near carrying enough current to actually start the car.
- Connie ConvictLv 54 weeks ago
You're more likely to set something on fire since speaker wire isn't thick enough to safely pass the amount of current needed