2004 Pontiac Grand Am; in snow,ruts etc., do I shift from 3 to 2 to 1 as listed or?

Asked by Jan 11, 2017 at 10:19 PM about the 2004 Pontiac Grand Am SE

Question type: General

despite various answers from friends etc. what do I shift into to get out of ruts or buried driveway? answers have went from "car will shift on its own"? or remarks about a female driver.

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The gear choice won't help much if any. Snow tires will help or better yet studded tire, chains or cables. The trick is to not spin the tires so go light on the go pedal.

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Shifting gears manually will help u when u have to do sudden stops or foing downhill instead of slamming on brakes

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Rocking the car and putting some kitty litter next to the front wheels (because you have front wheel drive) usually works for me. Put the shifter in drive and gently accelerate until the wheels start spinning. Then apply the brake. Shift into reverse and gently accelerate again until the wheels start spinning. Apply the brake and shift back to drive. Keep repeating this "rocking" procedure and you'll most likely be able to get out. DON'T rev the engine excessively or spin the tires excessively. You'll only damage your vehicle and dig yourself in deeper. In this case, slow and steady wins the race!! HTH. -Jim

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