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Old 01-08-2014, 06:29 PM   #1
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Recovery with a manual

I was wondering if you guys could share some tips about how to properly recover a vehicle with a manual tranny such as whether to be in 4 hi or 4 low. Any other tips would be greatly appreciated

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Old 01-08-2014, 06:38 PM   #2
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If I was in 4 high I would choose 1 because it has the most power. In 4l which is what I'd usually be in I would pick 2nd gear.

Is this what you where trying to ask

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Have pulled two vehicles out of snow bank and ditch filled with snow in the past week. Both times in reverse and four low. With a tow strap not a chain.
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Have pulled two vehicles out of snow bank and ditch filled with snow in the past week. Both times in reverse and four low. With a tow strap not a chain.
ALWAYS avoid reverse whenever possible. The front hooks are for you to get pulled out. The rear hook is for you to do the pulling.
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Yea this is pretty much what I'm asking. So which is better for the jeep, 4hi or 4low?

Just today, I pulled out a truck out of the snow which is really what sparked my question. My main fear is burning out my clutch de to the fact that this is my first manual car. Is there anything that I can do to prevent me from overusing the clutch while attempting to pull someone else out?
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Use 4L if it's a manual and there will be less wear on your clutch.
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Yea 4l it technically becomes a automatic you don't need to use the clutch
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I can't think of a situation where I wouldn't abandon 4Hi long before needing recovery.
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Yea 4l it technically becomes a automatic you don't need to use the clutch
To clarify, you don't need the clutch to start the Jeep. You'll still need it to shift gears.
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My advice would be first thing you do is call your insurance company. Because sooner or later your going to hook up to pull someone out and your going to rip something off there car or truck and there insurance company is coming after you. And you not being in the tow business or bonded are going to be on the hook for the damages.
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I've always used 4wd in HI with my pickup. HOWEVER....always hook the strap or chain to your vehicle, and hand the loose end to the owner of the vehicle being recovered. Let him (or her) hook up that end to his vehicle so that in the event of damage, the onus is on him.
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ALWAYS avoid reverse whenever possible. The front hooks are for you to get pulled out. The rear hook is for you to do the pulling.
+1...avoid reverse as the gears are typically not as strong and use 4lo.

How about a cell phone so you can call a tow truck with the proper insurance for the motorist? I know many won't agree, but I don't try and rescue complete strangers unless they are in a dire emergency. Too much risk involved; I offer to call a tow truck and let a professional assist.
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+1...avoid reverse as the gears are typically not as strong and use 4lo.

How about a cell phone so you can call a tow truck with the proper insurance for the motorist? I know many won't agree, but I don't try and rescue complete strangers unless they are in a dire emergency. Too much risk involved; I offer to call a tow truck and let a professional assist.
I agree 100%. If they have a proper recovery point, I will strap them out. That eliminates all cars and just about anything else.
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I pulled my best friend out of the mud at the (Christmas) tree farm. 4lo and low speed for sure. I used first gear and let the jeep do the pulling. It was a sloppy mess and up hill. Duratracs and truetracs did not disappoint! Didn't slip or spin whatsoever... Pulling on a 2wd silverado!
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To clarify, you don't need the clutch to start the Jeep. You'll still need it to shift gears.
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My advice would be first thing you do is call your insurance company. Because sooner or later your going to hook up to pull someone out and your going to rip something off there car or truck and there insurance company is coming after you. And you not being in the tow business or bonded are going to be on the hook for the damages. Being a nice guy Can and will cost you.
People really wear me out with this argument. It's nothing more than paranoia. It would only apply if you randomly pull up and latch onto someone's vehicle to yank it out. In every realistic situation, the other person is just as much a party to the attempted recovery as you are. They're consenting to whatever is happening. Plus, anybody with any sense would tell them there's a chance of damage.

If I offered to pull somebody out and it resulted in damage, there's no way I'd give them my insurance info. They can try to come after me personally if they want, but I can almost guarantee it wouldn't be successful.
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the fact that this is my first manual car.
it's a jeep not a car!
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it's a jeep not a car!
I've been a Jeep guy pretty much my whole life. I grew up around Jeeps, and I had a Power Wheels Jeep when they first came out. That said, these posts are getting really old to me. Technically a Jeep matches every part of the definition of a car. They're MORE than just cars, but they ARE technically still cars.
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I've been a Jeep guy pretty much my whole life. I grew up around Jeeps, and I had a Power Wheels Jeep when they first came out. That said, these posts are getting really old to me. Technically a Jeep matches every part of the definition of a car. They're MORE than just cars, but they ARE technically still cars.
It was a friendly joke.
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I've been a Jeep guy pretty much my whole life. I grew up around Jeeps, and I had a Power Wheels Jeep when they first came out. That said, these posts are getting really old to me. Technically a Jeep matches every part of the definition of a car. They're MORE than just cars, but they ARE technically still cars.
While I agree that the posts get old, I disagree that Jeeps fit the definition of "car". They could be called a vehicle or automobile, but calling them a car doesn't make much sense. A Jeep (at least a Wrangler) could never win Motor Trend's Car of the Year award. Of course, I also hate it when people call their SUV (Tahoe, Escalade, etc.) a truck.

A car has a low roof, two or four doors, and a trunk or rear hatch. A truck has rear wheel drive and a bed, and an SUV has a high roof and a rear cargo area. There are vehicles that blur these lines...El Caminos, some large station wagons/small SUVs, and the stupid Honda Ridgeline (which I refuse to call a truck...FWD and all). Jeeps, however, are SUVs. That's a cumbersome description, though, so I just say "my Jeep".

If you call it something different, so be it. It may bother me, but you're not on this planet to please me or anybody else.
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While I agree that the posts get old, I disagree that Jeeps fit the definition of "car". They could be called a vehicle or automobile, but calling them a car doesn't make much sense. A Jeep (at least a Wrangler) could never win Motor Trend's Car of the Year award. Of course, I also hate it when people call their SUV (Tahoe, Escalade, etc.) a truck. A car has a low roof, two or four doors, and a trunk or rear hatch. A truck has rear wheel drive and a bed, and an SUV has a high roof and a rear cargo area. There are vehicles that blur these lines...El Caminos, some large station wagons/small SUVs, and the stupid Honda Ridgeline (which I refuse to call a truck...FWD and all). Jeeps, however, are SUVs. That's a cumbersome description, though, so I just say "my Jeep". If you call it something different, so be it. It may bother me, but you're not on this planet to please me or anybody else.
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car /kär/ noun noun: car; plural noun: cars 1. a road vehicle, typically with four wheels, powered by an internal combustion engine and able to carry a small number of people. "we're going by car" synonyms: automobile, motor vehicle, vehicle; More
If you want to go by that, fine. It'd include all kinds of stuff, though. Depending on your definition of "a small number of people" that could include vans, armored personnel carriers, ATVs, buses, or all kinds of other conveyances not typically referred to as "cars".

My point is, there the dictionary definition, then there's the connotation in the common vernacular. I'm not looking to argue, as it really doesn't matter to me. I just don't think most people, particularly those who are interested in vehicles, would consider a Jeep (specifically a Wrangler) a car.
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People really wear me out with this argument. It's nothing more than paranoia. It would only apply if you randomly pull up and latch onto someone's vehicle to yank it out. In every realistic situation, the other person is just as much a party to the attempted recovery as you are. They're consenting to whatever is happening. Plus, anybody with any sense would tell them there's a chance of damage.

If I offered to pull somebody out and it resulted in damage, there's no way I'd give them my insurance info. They can try to come after me personally if they want, but I can almost guarantee it wouldn't be successful.
Good luck with that type of thinking. If you get sued, even unsuccessfully, it will cost you time and money. If a jury is involved, anything could happen. The standard used to prove negligence is "what would a reasonable and prudent person do." That answer will always be call a professional tow truck operator.
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Good luck with that type of thinking. If you get sued, even unsuccessfully, it will cost you time and money. If a jury is involved, anything could happen. The standard used to prove negligence is "what would a reasonable and prudent person do." That answer will always be call a professional tow truck operator.
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The first recovery I ever made was in my JEEP earlier this year so I'm no expert, but I put it in 4lo, hooked the chain (I didn't have a strap then, I do now) to my rear recovery hook and the other end to his F350 and pulled it out of the mud. My point is it wasn't that hard. Use a strap and don't burn the clutch up, if you smell a burning clutch it's time to try something different or call it a day.
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Where I live, it's a minimum of $100 to get towed. If it's winter, and you somehow get on a snowmobile trail, I've personally seen a $500 charge. People don't have that kind of money to spend, so if they get stuck and I can pull them out, I do it for zip. But as I said before, let them hook up their end of the strap to their vehicle to minimize any damage claim they may have.
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4L first gear, don't ride the clutch. If you get any kind of excess shutter, chattering, or any clutch slip at all abort.

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