Can you push an automatic transmission car out of the mud?

Is it possible?
by Ferman Lao | Aug 6, 2017

Hi! I know this is a silly question. I have been driving a manual transmission car for around seven years, but I would like to buy an automatic for a change. I've heard that you cannot jump-start an automatic transmission car through pushing, but can you push it when it's stuck in mud? Sorry for the stupid question. More power!

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Kenneth Wilson Viray


Hi Kenneth,

A man much wiser than I once said that there are no stupid questions. Of course, you can push an automatic transmission car when it's stuck in the mud.

There is absolutely no difference between a car that's equipped with a manual transmission and one with an automatic transmission. They're both going to be stuck in the mud unless some outside force helps them free of their sticky situation.

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There are only two questions I would ask myself when I get stuck in the mud. The first one is ,'Why did I ignore that voice in my head that's been telling me to turn around?' The next question would be, 'Why didn't I bring a four-wheel drive vehicle with locking differentials instead?'

In fact, if I foresaw myself getting into muddy situations often, I would almost always be taking the four-wheel drive with locking differentials or failing that, one that's got a very good all-terrain traction control system.

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On a different note, you can avoid the need to have to have your car push-started by always keeping it well-maintained. More often than not, it's the lack of upkeep that leads to those situations. 

Ferman Lao

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