How do I tow a car out of mud?

I went mudding with some of my friends out on my buddy’s farm. I have four-wheel drive, but my car still got stuck. I’d like to tow it out, but I’ve never done it before! What’s the best way for me to tow my car out of the mud?

Answer
Getting stuck in the mud can be frustrating, but try not to worry! You can tow your car out of the mud with another truck, a winch, and a few friends.
Follow these steps to tow your car out of the mud:
  • Slowly back a car with either a winch or towbar to the area around your car—be careful not to get it stuck.
  • If you use a winch, make sure it’s rated for at least 30% of your vehicle’s weight.
  • Attach your car to the new truck with either the winch hook or a heavy-duty chain.
  • If you use a winch, put your car in neutral and turn on the winch.
  • If you’re using a tow bar and chain, place kitty litter, sand, or wood planks under the front of your tires.
  • Put your car in neutral.
  • Slowly start driving the new truck forward while you and your friends push the stuck car from behind.
  • Continue until it escapes the mud!
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Eric Schad
Answered on Nov 19, 2021
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