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Vehicle Towed Forward While Transmission Was In Reverse


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traveller1861
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Dec 10, 2012, 11:26 AM

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Vehicle Towed Forward While Transmission Was In Reverse Sign In

I am trying to help my Octogenarian friend diagnose the damage he did to his vehicle...

2004 Ford Focus---2.0l---mileage unknown...

He had an Alzheimers moment and left his Focus in reverse (straight drive) and towed it for about three blocks behind his motorhome.

Now the engine is completely locked up. He was told by someone that the valves were bent and that is why it is locked up...Seems suspect to me...

What do the educated masses have to say?


Discretesignals
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Dec 10, 2012, 11:48 AM

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Is this standard transmission?





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traveller1861
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Dec 10, 2012, 2:39 PM

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It is a standard transmission...Us old fellas call them "straight drives"...


Discretesignals
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Dec 10, 2012, 3:15 PM

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Well, if he was towing the car forward and had the transmission in reverse, the engine was rotating backwards.

Timing belts and chains with automatic tensioners don't like rotating backwards and stand the chance of loosening up causing them to jump. If they jump enough teeth, the valves crash into the pistons.





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(This post was edited by Discretesignals on Dec 10, 2012, 3:16 PM)






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