How To Do A Burnout In A Truck

Burnouts are a popular way to showcase your truck’s power and performance. However, executing a burnout improperly can damage your vehicle and the environment. This article provides a step-by-step guide on properly performing a burnout in your vehicle.


Preparing for the Burnout

First, find a flat, dry surface large enough to accommodate your truck. This ensures that you won’t harm your vehicle or anyone. Once you’ve found a suitable location, put your truck in neutral and rev the engine up to around 2000 RPM.

Executing the Burnout

When the engine is revved, quickly engage the clutch and slam on the gas pedal. Keep your foot on the brake while doing this to prevent your truck from rolling forward. You should feel your truck’s tires spinning and smoking as you execute the burnout. If everything goes according to plan, you should see a cloud of tire smoke behind your vehicle.

Ending the Burnout

Once you’ve finished the burnout, slowly release the gas pedal and the clutch. This helps cool down your tires and prevents them from being damaged. Remember to be safe and have fun!

Do Burnouts Damage Engines?

While burnouts may look cool, they can cause severe damage to your truck’s engine, transmission, and tires. When a driver redlines their car during a burnout, it can cause mechanical damage to the engine. Redlining is when the driver revs the engine to its maximum speed and then releases the clutch quickly. This can cause all moving parts to go too fast and overheat, leading to permanent damage.

The engine oil can also break down quickly and overheat during burnout, decreasing lifespan and putting extra wear and tear on the engine. Tires can also be damaged, as they can overheat from the friction and explode. The tires’ tread can also wear down quickly from burnouts, reducing their traction.

Aside from damaging your truck, burnouts are also bad for your health and the environment. The chemicals from the tires that burn during a burnout can be ingested and cause health problems such as difficulty breathing and cancer. The chemicals can also pollute the air and water, harming the environment.

Can You Do a Burnout in an Automatic?

While it is possible to do burnout in an automatic car, it is not as easy as in a manual car. To execute a burnout in an automatic vehicle:

  1. Use the paddle shifters to put the car into the lowest gear before revving the engine.
  2. Once the engine is revved up, engage the clutch quickly, slam on the gas pedal, and hold it down. You should see tire smoke after a few seconds.
  3. After finishing the burnout, release the gas pedal and the clutch to prevent damage to your tires.

Why Doing a Burnout is Illegal

While it might seem like a fun stunt to show off your truck’s power and performance, there are several reasons why doing a burnout is illegal. First and foremost, it is considered reckless driving, defined as driving “in willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property . . .” by the law. Even in locations without people present, burnouts can still amount to reckless driving, as concluded by at least one court in Washington. 

In addition, burnouts can damage the roadway and create unsafe driving conditions for other drivers. Lastly, burnouts contribute to noise pollution and can disturb others. Therefore, it’s important to remember that burnouts are illegal but also dangerous and inconsiderate.

Effects of Burnouts on Your Truck

When you do a burnout, you’re pushing your truck to do something it isn’t designed to do. The high stress and extreme speeds that result from burnouts can cause significant damage to different parts of your truck, such as the engine and tires. Engine failure is a real possibility due to the high speeds and constant spinning. It is not uncommon for engines to give out after a burnout. Additionally, the friction and high speeds can cause tires to wear out quickly and potentially fail. If not careful, starting an engine compartment fire that could endanger your life and the lives of others is also a risk. Thus, while burnouts may appear fun, they could be better for your truck and should be enjoyed from the sidelines.


In conclusion, burnouts are a risky and illegal maneuver that can damage your truck. If you must perform one, follow the proper steps and know the risks involved. However, it is best to avoid burnout as it harms your health and the environment. By being responsible and mindful of the consequences, you can ensure the safety of yourself and others on the road.

About the author, Laurence Perkins

Laurence Perkins is the passionate car enthusiast behind the blog My Auto Machine. With over a decade of experience in the automotive industry, Perkins has knowledge and experience with a wide range of car makes and models. His particular interests lie in performance and modification, and his blog covers these topics in-depth. In addition to his own blog, Perkins is a respected voice in the automotive community and writes for various automotive publications. His insights and opinions on cars are highly sought-after.