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'97 Nissan truck won't go in reverse! HELP!

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Feb 27, 2008, 9:56 AM

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My 1997 Nissan truck was running great until we towed it 1,500 miles to new house. Upon trying to take it off the tow bar, it would not engage into reverse. We had to push it off. It smoked really bad, which was resolved by driving it. Now it will not go in reverse, no way no how. Never had problems like this before.
It has almost 100,000 mi on it. Can anyone offer me help? I'm a female, so clueless about truck repairs.

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Feb 27, 2008, 11:51 AM

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OOPS! I just know you didn't remove the driveshaft for that trip did you? Not all, but most transmissions are lubricated by the engine running (you can do that too for towing) and without that the wheels on the ground still turn the driveshaft into the trans and then without proper lubrication burns stuff up.

Check your owner's manual for that exact vehicle, STD trans, auto, 4X4 or whatever for the towing recommendations. I'm sorry that I don't know the extent of damage but wouldn't be surprised if it was a complete loss for the transmission.

In general vehicles should only be towed for like 10 miles or so and only so fast with wheels on ground. A tow company would know fast what vehicles can be towed what way and might know of the damage extent possible.

Tough way to learn that - sorry,

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