How To Kill Your Car Page 2

June 1, 2014

Vaughn Gittin Jr demonstrates a proper burnout - image: Ford Motor Company

Rocking out of mud or snow



Ever get stuck in snow or mud? Rather than calling a tow truck, what’s the first thing we do? We rock the vehicle back and forth, switching from forward to reverse while gunning the engine. This action often causes the vehicle to gain enough momentum to get the vehicle out of the rut. It often works, but at what expense? The stress on the transmission and drivetrain can cause internals to break under the pressure. Save yourself some money -- dig out or call a tow truck.

Hitting a curb

When you drive too fast on curbed roads or parking lots, you put your car in danger. If you slide into a curb, you can cause frame, suspension, drivetrain, and steering damage. Overshooting a curb in the snow is a common occurrence, costing anywhere from hundreds to even thousands of dollars in repairs. 

And even a lower-speed smack into a tall parking curb or post can cause hundreds of dollars in damage, what with the lighter, plastic bumper covers on today's cars.

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