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What happens when you put your car in reverse while the engine is off?

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2009-06-18 16:05:25
2009-06-18 16:05:25

It goes into reverse gear, nothing else.

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Because reverse is a lower ratio gear than drive and puts less load on the engine.


this is simple definitly not if the car was sitting in one spot the whole time it was washed then it could not have been damaged whether it was in neutral drive reverse it does not matter. sincerely Cody




If you run it too hot the engine will give out, and it will NOT work again. You're going to blow the motor, basically.




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