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How To Do A Burnout

Post by Jerzeyboi85 on Mon Jan 21, 2008 1:31 am


  1. Find out if you have a front wheel drive (FWD) or a rear wheel
    drive (RWD) car.
  2. Check your hand brake, also known in slang as an E-brake, is
    functioning well.

Front Wheel Drive Cars

  1. Put the car in first gear.
  2. Hold in the clutch.
  3. Rev. the engine.
  4. Pull on the handbrake. Alternatively, you can skip this
  5. Release the clutch.
  6. Move the handbrake up and down to control the burnout.
  7. To stop the burnout ease off the accelerator and free the

Rear Wheel Drive Cars

  1. Do a Basic RWD Burnout.

    1. Lightly hold down the brake with your left foot.
    2. Push the accelerator until the car moves forward a tiny
    3. At the same time floor the gas and press the brake harder.


Manual Rear Wheel Drive Cars

    1. Depress the clutch, and rev the engine.
    2. In one quick motion, "dump" the clutch and press the brake
      pedal while flooring the gas.


  1. Use a line locker. A line locker is a device that modifies a
    car so the brake pedal only engages the front brakes. This
    dangerous and usually illegal device makes burnout on RWD cars
    easier and more dramatic. A line lock is a solenoid (fancy name for
    a switch) that gives you some extra buttons in the drivers seat to
    control your brakes. To do a burn out with a line locker installed:

    1. Step on the brakes.
    2. Push the line lock button.
    3. Release the line lock button leaving your front brakes on and
      disengaging your back brakes, leaving those wheel free to spin,
      burn and make smoke.
    4. Push line lock again to release the front brakes and move

  2. Do a donut. A doughnut (donut in the USA) is a circular
    burnout. To do a donut in RWD cars:

    1. Find a large open area with no other cars, lampposts or other
      things you can hit. It is easy to loose control of a car with a
    2. Begin driving in slow circles.
    3. Hit the gas hard so that the rear tires begin to loose
    4. You will burn around in a circle.


  1. A rollback is just like a burnout, but performed on a hill.
    They are a good way to get a burnout in an underpowered car as the
    backward movement helps with traction after the burn.

    1. Find a hill.
    2. Put the car in first.
    3. Depress the clutch.
    4. Let the car roll backwards down the hill.
    5. Give the car plenty of gas.
    6. Pop the clutch.


Wheel Spins

  1. A wheel spin occurs when the driver spins the wheels on the
    road before moving. This is a lesser form of burnout, because the
    intention is not to cause excessive tire wear, but merely to spin
    the wheels. Wheel spins are far easier and less dangerous to your
    car than a burnout. To perform the wheel spin:

    1. Depress the clutch with the car in gear.
    2. Rev the engine high while releasing the clutch.



  • If the engine stalls you haven't revved the car high enough
    before popping the clutch, or your vehicle doesn't have the power
    to burnout.
  • To test if your car has enough power nail the gas from a
    stopped position and see if you can spin the tires.
  • An alternative to a line lock is a "Brake Clamp". Designed to
    clamp off a brake line when being worked on, these can also be used
    to shut off the rear brakes thus allowing only the front brakes to
    function when the pedal is depressed. Note: most cars have a steel
    brake line from the brake booster to the rear of the car, the area
    to put the brake clamp is a short length of rubber hose that
    attached to the Differential. (some cars have two separate brake
    lines, one for each side, in which case two brake clamps are
  • Try changing your tires. The worse your tires are the easier it
    is to make them spin, plus they smoke easier and you will not ruin
    your good tires.
  • Increase the amount of smoke by lubing your drive tires with
    old motor oil.
  • It can help to give the tires a quick powerful spin before
    pulling the e-brake.


  • Always wear a seatbelt, and not just for safety but for
  • Give any passengers the option to get out before you do
  • Burnouts are illegal in almost all municipalities. In Australia
    you can lose your car. In the USA, especially in California, there
    are a large variety of infractions that you can be cited with by an
    Officer for burning your car, all included under the Exhibition
    of Speed
    laws including:

    • Dry Reckless - California Vehicle Code§ 23103
    • Wet Reckless
    • Off street Parking — As defined in subdivision (c) of Section
    • Unsafe Turning Movement (U-Turn Burnout or Donut)
    • Unsafe staring/backing of vehicle — California Vehicle Code§
    • Disorderly conduct with a vehicle — California Vehicle Code
    • Unsafe Start
    • and many more. Each of these infractions is a two pointer
      moving violation with no chance of correction by traffic

  • NEVER try to "Pop" the
    Transmission in an Automatic car! By revving the engine in neutral
    and jamming it into gear your transmission box will probably fall
    out onto the ground. An automatic can't handle the jamming into
    gear thing like clutch cars.
  • You can easily destroy or seriously damage a car by doing any
    of these things.
  • Holding the brakes while gassing the engine is not that bad for
    your brakes; it is terrible for your engine however.
  • Watch where you're going so you don't hit someone.
  • Watch how much rubber is on your tires so you don't have a
  • Check your tire pressure after each burnout.


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