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Old 10-31-2010, 10:38 AM   #1
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had an adventure, have some questions

well late last night me and a friend and some others went into the pines for some scary night wheeling in the Halloween spirit. Sure enough only about 2 miles in my friends wrangler stalls shortly after a puddle. The puddle wasn't deep and somehow the jeep made it almost 2 football fields before it just shut off which baffles me. Pulled his distributer, a little damp let that dry and tried starting, turns over but wont fire. Start pulling any electrical connections i can find and make sure they are dry, still turns over but wont fire. Any ideas what could have gone wrong? His wrangler is a 99 sport, 4.0, auto, with a 4 inch lift on 32's. Ended up towing him out of the woods onto a road which brings me to my next noob question so im fine with towing people on dirt but i had to tow him about a mile and a half on pavement so we could get to a road his dad could find us on. My question is am i safe towing another jeep like that in 2wheel drive? I took it it slow figuring what the hell if i can tow a trailer this is ok as long as i dont jerk the hell out of it and went for it. Is tis horrible for my rear end and the rest of my drive line?

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shouldn't be bad for it. you hooked it up to the hitch right? its like moving a boat/trailer etc.

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When in doubt, do what I've done my whole life Jeep or non Jeep, place the transmission in N, place the transfer case in N and carefully go on the way.
Might be a little overkill the way I do it, but I have never trashed a drive train doing it that way
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Shouldn't cause any harm if the towed vehicle was set up as above. Atcotrailsinc: Hope you didn't need a rear tow hook!
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wow 03 RUBI i feel horrible now for never getting back to you about that rear tow hook so much college stuff going on i just forgot about it. I guess i better get my ass beat now because the truth is at the moment i still do not have a rear tow hook uhmm i kinda just used a hook and a d-ring through the loop on the strap and then put that end into the hole in the bottom of the frame.....i know not very safe or smart but i took it slow and never jerked the strap. I would never attempt to snatch anyone like that, im not that much of an idiot

O3 RUBI i kinda am leaning towards a rear bumper with d rings and a receiver port at the moment, hope i didnt waste your time
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I got towed like 10 miles at 40 mph or so by another jeep (down the road) on a strap lol yup you can see the beginnings of it in the banner that is me in the black one!
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lol from the looks of it your tj was a pile of dust after that thankfully it wasn't me being towed this time
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Towing another Jeep on the road should be no problem.
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wow 03 RUBI i feel horrible now for never getting back to you about that rear tow hook so much college stuff going on i just forgot about it. I guess i better get my ass beat now because the truth is at the moment i still do not have a rear tow hook uhmm i kinda just used a hook and a d-ring through the loop on the strap and then put that end into the hole in the bottom of the frame.....i know not very safe or smart but i took it slow and never jerked the strap. I would never attempt to snatch anyone like that, im not that much of an idiot

O3 RUBI i kinda am leaning towards a rear bumper with d rings and a receiver port at the moment, hope i didnt waste your time
Appreciate the apology and the update. Jeep on.
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Shouldn't cause any harm if the towed vehicle was set up as above. Atcotrailsinc: Hope you didn't need a rear tow hook!
Rear tow hook?
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The Jeep being towed should be in park and the transfer case in neutral. If it is the 5 speed it should be put in gear, I usually put it in 3rd but it does not matter, and the transfer case in neutral.
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The Jeep being towed should be in park and the transfer case in neutral. If it is the 5 speed it should be put in gear, I usually put it in 3rd but it does not matter, and the transfer case in neutral.
I always heard Neutral, but in my day Jeeps only had to be towed out of a mud hole when they were in to the top of the hood, never broken down.
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The Jeep being towed should be in park and the transfer case in neutral. If it is the 5 speed it should be put in gear, I usually put it in 3rd but it does not matter, and the transfer case in neutral.
Are you serious right now?
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Read the towing instructions in your owners manual. That's how you tow one.
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After doing some reading on the interwebs it looks like I'm wrong, but I'm still confused about the vehicle being able to move while in park o.O
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Odd..
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After doing some reading on the interwebs it looks like I'm wrong, but I'm still confused about the vehicle being able to move while in park o.O
The transfer case is in Neutral
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You got it right ratuna.
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O3 RUBI i kinda am leaning towards a rear bumper with d rings and a receiver port at the moment, hope i didnt waste your time
Just a FWIW here, even though I have shackles and a receiver port on the back of my Jeep, I run a hook too. It is GREAT for a quick tug.

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