Rock climbing

Here’s What Happens When Climbing In A Bronco Goes Wrong

The new Ford Bronco is an exceptionally capable off-roader from the factory. Climbing is a particular strength of the car, which can leave most major obstacles in its dust, even as a four-door. However, the ability ceases to matter fairly quickly when an engine dies. As Bronco owner and TikTok user TXBroncBuster found out the hard way, no amount of off-road prowess will save a car halfway up a steep obstacle then.

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As his video shows, he was halfway up a steep rocky incline at full throttle when his engine apparently suddenly died. The brakes could do little to keep the truck from rolling backwards, leaving it to roll slowly over the rock before falling to the driver’s side at the bottom. Then, in a cruel comedy, the car alarm goes off.

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In a second video, owner BroncBuster on TikTok shows some of the damage and explains what really happened. For a car that just rolled on its side, the Bronco held up incredibly well; outside of a ton of lost differential fluid, the biggest issues are minor scratches.

As he explains, he was at full throttle on an all-or-nothing obstacle when he suddenly lost power and, with it, any chance of avoiding an accident. It is not known what caused the truck to stop.

“So for all of you who are saying ‘Hey, why didn’t you stop and hold the brake or why didn’t you run it down?’ Guys, the engine is dead. You can’t do much on top of an obstacle that works or nothing when the engine dies,” BroncBuster said. “You can’t steer it, you can’t stop it, you just ride it.”

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