Not for everyone, but if you have to do one, here is a few tips to help you out. I am very lucky to have a driver “Tim” that knows when to stop and pull over!!
A US Army Corps of Engineers excavator had gotten stuck in the mud. They called us at PRO-TOW 24 Hr Towing and OnSite Truck Repair in Auburn and Maple Valley WA to come help rescue the excavator from its muddy prison.
We went out there with a team of excavators, dumptrucks, a loader, a bulldozer, 4 heavy duty wreckers, and two incident support and command post vehicles-along with approximately 20 professionals. With our whole team we were able to solve the issue without leaving an impact on the environment.
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A quick highlight of how quick Traction Jack can be used in 4 simple steps:
1) You’re stuck, now what? (stop spinning your tires!)
2) Clear any debris away from the front of the tire
3) Place your Traction Jacks in front of each tire
4) Get out quickly
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I was exploring Raleigh NC during the snow storm and found a United States Postal Service truck stuck on an icy hill just 2 miles from the destination.
So we did what any sane person would do and hooked up the 56,500 pound semi to the back of my Tesla Model X 90D and pulled him up the hill. No the car did not overheat or break anything, the ice was slippery so very little stress was being put through the chassis and drive-train.
Disclaimer: Don’t try this at home unless you have the correct equipment and are aware of the forces and stress involved. Doing this on something other than perfectly slick ice could result in abnormal wear or serious damage to your vehicle.
An empty Scania semitrailer driving south, went off road after a narrow bend where it started to skid. The truck went down the ditch, where it stopped at the bottom. The trailer twisted around, almost 180 degrees, pulling the truck backwards and then the truck came to a halt in the opposite driving direction. Now it completely blocks the road.
Video tutorial on how to get your vehicle unstuck in the snow. If you manage to get stuck in the winter, it can be certainly frustrating and you also risk damaging your vehicle. This can include burning up your tires, hard on cv or u joints in axles or driveshaft, and the transmission. Here I am working with a rear wheel drive truck which are known to be worse in the snow as they have minimal weight over the drive wheels. If you are spinning the wheels and not moving, stop. This will create heat, melting the snow into ice under the tires, not allowing the vehicle to gain traction. Beyond that, this will also put excessive wear on your tires.
10 Things to Keep in your Vehicle for Winter Driving:
Preparing your Vehicle for Winter:
-you may also find straightening the wheels will help reduce drag
-this is especially noticeable if you are trying to drive through existing tire tracks, rather than trying to create new tracks which can basically act as a wedge under the wheel
-with no work you might be able to rock the vehicle
-what this means is that you’ll have to alternate between forward and reverse, normally this does involve some foot work, using both feet, one for the brake and the other for the throttle
-what we are trying to achieve here is getting the wheel up higher on the sides of the rut, finally building up enough moment to drive out of that rut
-not all vehicles have this option, but on this particular truck I can select second gear, this allows for less wheel spin by using a higher gear ratio which in turn reduces torque
-the first aid I like to start with is cleaning the access snow from around all four wheels, normally about a foot ahead and a foot behind
-you will be able to move the vehicle in either direction, especially if you’re having trouble moving it specifically forward or in reverse
-use the assistance of an object underneath a tire, such as a block of wood
-clean some snow away, ensure it’s about 2ft long and wedge it under the drive tire
-when stick an object under the wheel, be extremely careful with the throttle as this can grab the object and throw it, either hurting someone or damaging something and this can include your vehicle
-using an old floor mat or even a scrap piece of carpet
-other objects can also be used such as a chain, rope, plastic grate, etc
-using sand or gravel, again using the scoop, ensure any excessive amount of snow has been remove from around the wheel, then place the dirt before and after the drive wheels
-put weight over the drive wheels
-this is normally easier with a rear wheel drive as you can place weight in the box or trunk
-if you push that weight past the wheels, this will cantilever the weight increasing the downward force, with a truck, use the weight of the snow
-even use concrete blocks, sand bags, jugs of water, etc.
-other things which can also be used is tire chains or studded tires, but they’re not always legal depending on where you live as they can damage a paved surface
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Pro-Tow 24 Hr Towing & OnSite Truck Repair was called to this job to help out an overturned End Dump truck. Although we are based in Auburn, WA and Maple Valley, WA we have a wide radius of service area for any emergency towing rescue. We’re glad we could help out this overturned truck and contain and spill from the truck.
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Replacing a king pin in my 1995 IH 4700 rollback
Guaranteed Motor Towing Service heavy duty recovery of a straight job on the New Jersey Turnpike. This box truck was filled with used car parts that wrecked on the side embankment of the northbound side of the New Jersey Turnpike. With Mark DiGiovanni operating FT- 36 a 1981 Oshkosh cab and chassis with a Challenger 45 ton crane.
Also his grandson Frank DiGiovanni (4th generation) at Guaranteed Motors and two other crew members they the job done.