Q: Tow start an auto trans fwd ?

asked by on May 10, 2017

At 35 mph drop in drive w key on?

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Hi there. In short - no, you can’t "bump start" and automatic transmission powered vehicle. This only works with a clutch, manual transmission - as the clutch and engage the flywheel and ignition system slowly and progressively. By "dumping" the shifter into drive, you risk snapping the driveshaft, flywheel, torque converter and others. Please don’t attempt this on your vehicle. It’s better to have a professional mechanic come to your location and complete a car is hard to start inspection to determine what is wrong and have that fixed.

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