Toyota Corolla 1970-1987 Repair Guide

Push Starting


This is the least recommended method of starting a car and should be used only in an extreme case. If necessary, any vehicle equipped with a manual transmission/transaxle can probably be push started, although more than one car has received a dented fender or bumper from this operation. To push start the car, turn the ignition switch to the ON position, push in the clutch pedal, put the gear shift lever in second or third gear and partially depress the gas pedal. As the car begins to pick up momentum while being pushed, release the clutch pedal and give it gas. If another driver is using a vehicle is push your car, you should instruct them to brake and allow your car to roll away slightly. You should NOT attempt to let out the clutch and start your vehicle until there is some distance between you and the push car.

Never attempt to push start the car while it is in reverse

Because of the basic principles of operation for automatic transmissions/transaxles, Toyotas that are equipped with an automatic can not be push started no matter how far or how fast they are pushed.