Yup, a jump-start will do the trick but it will take a while if the battery was totally dead. Normally when the battery is just too low to crank the engine, it's not totally dead, and will begin to charge right away. In that case you can get a jump-start and go driving, but it will take a good 10 - 15 minutes to charge the battery enough for cranking again. It could take over an hour of driving to fully charge the battery.
It's when the battery was completely dead that it takes at least 15 minutes on a charger or with a jump-start before it even starts to charge up. You may be able to drive the car right after the jump-start but it likely will not crank again unless you drive it half an hour or so.
Friday, May 4th, 2012 AT 3:36 AM