Hi, my name is Niki and I live in South East Kansas. I was backing out of my driveway and actually came off the driveway into the grass, but it was covered in snow so I couldn’t tell I was actually off. As soon as I realized I was stuck and tried to “un-stick” myself, but I couldn’t, and I just made it worse by digging myself deeper into the mud (I now realize this was the worst thing I could have done). I drive an 06 manual transmission VW Passat, and I was wondering if by trying to force it out in 1st gear (spinning the tires) if I did damage to my transmission or my clutch. Thank you!
I don’t think so. Since you were on grass that was covered in snow you never had the traction necessary to do damage to the tranny or the clutch. If you raced the engine to 7 grand you might have hurt some engine components but I highly doubt that you did. Spinning the tires is a form of recreation for some of us and if done right you can do this on dry pavement with no damage at all. I love the smell of burning rubber in the morning.
Thank you I hope you are right!
A piece of non-automotive advice, shovel your driveway, it prevents running off into the grass.
It’s unlikely you did any damage to the transmission or the clutch. You weren’t spinning the wheel any faster than it goes in normal driving.
Of course, you didn’t do any good, either, but that’s beside the point.
How did you, eventually, get the car out of the mud?