I have a 1991 Ford Mustang LX 5.0 with a manual transmission. Is it possible to start the car by towing it with the rear wheels on the ground, in first gear and with the key in the run position?

Asked by Jul 26, 2015 at 10:22 PM about the 1991 Ford Mustang LX 5.0 Hatchback

Question type: General

6 Answers

105,325

Don't use low gear, 2nd is the best choice, get it rolling about 3 to 5 mph and then pop the clutch, if everything is up to par it should start. Note if you are doing this due to a dead battery the alternator is not designed to charge a dead battery and could result in alternator failure.

2 of 2 people found this helpful.
105,325

Just make sure you don't run into the pulling vehicle when it fires up.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.
55,155

I agree, don't use first gear. Make double sure it is not in reverse, use second gear.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.
5,715

When you pop your clutch, be prepared to push it back down and keep the gas going. Towing to start is a little dangerous as when it starts and you give it gas to keep the engine going you have a tendency to run into the tow vehicle!

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

Thanks for your replies. I asked this question, as this car was being towed with the rear wheels on the ground, in first gear and the car in the run position, After doing so the tow truck driver pulled over to the side of the road and there was white smoke billowing from the tailpipe and fluids leaking from the back of the motor. The car was then towed to a repair facility and they determined that the engine had seized. The owner of the tow truck now claims that it's impossible to start the motor under the conditions mentioned above.

105,325

Man if he towed it in low gear no wonder it blew the engine, that is one of the basic checks a tow driver is suppose to check before pulling away. I guess my wife is right, common sense is dead.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.
Best Answer Mark helpful

Your Answer

Mustang

Looking for a Used Mustang in your area?

CarGurus has 38,775 nationwide Mustang listings starting at $1,895.

ZIP:

Ford Mustang Experts

  • #1
    Tom Demyan
    Reputation
    4,710
  • #2
    Bob Beaman
    Reputation
    1,340
  • #3
    F_O_R
    Reputation
    1,170
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Chevrolet Camaro
428 Great Deals out of 31,237 listings starting at $1,450
Used Chevrolet Corvette
168 Great Deals out of 17,397 listings starting at $3,000
Used Ford F-150
3,115 Great Deals out of 219,518 listings starting at $1,200
Used BMW 3 Series
1,067 Great Deals out of 32,567 listings starting at $1,200
Used BMW M3
34 Great Deals out of 2,087 listings starting at $5,495
Used Jeep Wrangler
456 Great Deals out of 19,216 listings starting at $2,500

Used Cars For Sale

2018 Ford Mustang For Sale
8,826 listings starting at $21,799
2017 Ford Mustang For Sale
83 Great Deals out of 10,581 listings starting at $13,579
2016 Ford Mustang For Sale
92 Great Deals out of 2,879 listings starting at $13,499
2015 Ford Mustang For Sale
51 Great Deals out of 2,762 listings starting at $12,495
2014 Ford Mustang For Sale
107 Great Deals out of 2,666 listings starting at $9,500

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.