What happens when you put a four-wheel-drive car in the opposite direction while driving? This is a fleeting question that many may ask while cruising on the road, but no one is foolish enough to give it a shot.
In the name of science, however, the YouTube channel AutoVlog answers questions using a 1994 Ford Ranger with a manual gearbox and four-wheel drive.
Michael Weim, a master of car destruction, has already tried to answer this question with a Chevrolet Prism. The difference is that the Prism was just a two-wheel drive with an automatic transmission, so the Ranger should promise a lot more fighting.
The Ranger resisted the first attempt at destruction only by going in the opposite direction and turning the wheels backwards when the clutch was released. Although that effort was only in 2-wheel drive mode.
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For the second attempt, the transfer case is placed in 4-low mode, Vim gets the truck up to 45 miles per hour (72 km / h) and the transmission is reversed. The most obvious thing in the world happens then; There’s a whole bunch of grinding sounds, and everything breaks down. New sounds are coming out of the truck now, including a wailing and ticking sound.
The net effect is quite weatherproof, as the truck just pops and breaks and then stops. It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post.
It’s all in the name of science, sort of. Now we know that a four-wheeled drive car should not be placed in the opposite direction when going to the front. Didn’t we know in advance? Well, now we know it twice.
This isn’t the first time Ranger has been asked “What if?” Weim has also tested keeping red bull, tequila and vodka in the gas tank, and the truck may be subject to further abuse in the future.