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Driving home in the snow, I found a Nissan truck in a ditch, so I decided to help her out. I hooked up to her tow point and, while in 4 hi, attempted to pull her out. I stalled out (come to find she had it in park during my first attempt), and put it into 4 lo. Second attempt worked out, and I pulled her out no problem. After stalling out, I had a smell that gradually got weaker over the hour afterwards, but still stuck around. I have a manual and wasn't riding the clutch (to my recollection at least). Any ideas?

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Driving home in the snow, I found a Nissan truck in a ditch, so I decided to help her out. I hooked up to her tow point and, while in 4 hi, attempted to pull her out. I stalled out (come to find she had it in park during my first attempt), and put it into 4 lo. Second attempt worked out, and I pulled her out no problem. After stalling out, I had a smell that gradually got weaker over the hour afterwards, but still stuck around. I have a manual and wasn't riding the clutch (to my recollection at least). Any ideas?
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Wow, as usual, constructive input from the meat wagon tender.

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It could just be the clutch, I ride it sometimes without realizing it. Last time I did it I was pulling a broken Chevy up a hill. My .02 unless you can identify where it was coming from

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The smell is probably from your clutch. I would check the clutch fluid and make sure it's in good shape. If it looks the least bit dirty or has an odd odor then change it ASAP. You probably burned the fluid while attempting the recovery while engaged in 4HI.

When performing a recovery you should always be in 4LO because the gearing is providing the maximum amount of torque the engine can produce to assist in the act. 4HI should only be used in low torque, high speed situations like driving on wet/snowy pavement and graded dirt roads. If you find yourself in a situation where high torque and low speed are the norm then 4LO is the gearing you should choose. An easy way to remember it is: Torque gets you started from a dead stop while horsepower keeps you going and allows for acceleration. 4HI is great for maximum traction at high horsepower but sucks at low end torque. 4LO is great for low end torque but sucks a high horsepower.

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Cool Malo, thanks, I'll check it out. Nick, keep on being an oxygen thief.

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To be safe you probably want to check the fluid in the transmission as well. Better safe then sorry.

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