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Old 01-25-2011, 02:25 PM   #1
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towing my tj

towing my tj behind a uhall on sat, i rented the car carrier that only the front wheels are on the carrier. question is should i have the transfer case in N as well as the trans?? going about 220 miles.

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Yep. Tranny and transfer case in neutral

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i HAVE HEARD THAT REMOVING THE DRIVESHAFT IS A GOOD IDEA, BUT FOR 220 MILE i THINK YOU SHOULD BE FINE WITH THE T-CASE IN N.

oh sorry for the all caps. caps lock sucks and i dont want to retype
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Yep. Tranny and transfer case in neutral

NO. Auto trans in PARK or manual trans in 1st GEAR. Transfer case in NEUTRAL.
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awesome, thanks for the info! what would removing the drive shaft do to help and what could it hurt?
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Old 01-25-2011, 02:42 PM   #6
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Don't remove the driveshaft if your driveshaft has a slip yoke or you're going to find transfer case fluid all over the road and burn it up. Leave the driveshaft hooked up and put your Auto Trans in PARK or Manual in 1st GEAR and put your Transfer Case in NEUTRAL. Your owners manual also explains in detail all about towing your Jeep.
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sounds good. dont have the owners manual got the jeep used .
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https://www.jeep.com//hostb/crossbra...php?topic=9162

Here is a link to the Jeep website on towing your Jeep. I turns out I was wrong on manual transmissions. Read this and you should be fine.
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FWIW - I have towed my 5 speed with the transfer case in neutral and the transmission in 4th or 5th gear for thousands of miles with no problems. Dont' forget to unlock the steering!!

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https://www.jeep.com//hostb/crossbra...php?topic=9162

Here is a link to the Jeep website on towing your Jeep. I turns out I was wrong on manual transmissions. Read this and you should be fine.
Hmm?
Nothing showing up in that link.

https://www.jeep.com//hostb/crossbra...php?topic=9162
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Hmm?
Nothing showing up in that link.

https://www.jeep.com//hostb/crossbra...php?topic=9162

You're right. It worked yesterday when I posted it but now it doesn't. Not sure what happened.
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Yep, confirming that the transmission must be in gear or in Park to prevent it from spinning from parasitic drag from the transfer case, and the transfer case in neutral for towing a TJ.
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Old 01-26-2011, 09:25 AM   #13
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I pull mine all the time (flat tow) - 5spd.
Transfer case in Neutral
I put tranny in 4th gear - (in case transfer case would ever go in gear, and try to turn the engine over, it would be at a low RPM)

TURN IGNITION KEY TO UNLOCK STEERING!!
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I am towing my TJ almost 2000 miles in about a month. Not taking any chances. Got the full carrier (all 4 wheels on the carrier). If I only had 200 miles, I might get the other kind. More expensive, but less chance something will go wrong! Have a good move!
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Yep, confirming that the transmission must be in gear or in Park to prevent it from spinning from parasitic drag from the transfer case, and the transfer case in neutral for towing a TJ.

See, the Jeep website said for a manual trans to leave it in Neutral. But like you are saying, I have always heard to leave a manual trans in gear to keep it from spinning as well. I would go with trans in gear for manual.
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I'd like to see anything official from Jeep that says anything but to place the transmission into gear or Park for towing. The owner's manual specifically confirms that plus to leave the t-case in Neutral and to unlock the transmission.
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Ha check it out I couldn't believe it.

Go to Jeep.com, Select Vehicle Quick Tips at the top, Select the Wrangler, Select Vehicle Operation near the top, Select Utilities at the left of the screen, Select Recreational towing at the left of the screen and in the instructions they tell you to place the manual trans in Neutral while towing. I still wouldn't do it that way, I have always been told place the manual trans in gear.

Sorry for the instructions but every time I post the link it won't take you there.
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That's really something, at least they give the correct info on the automatic transmission which is to shift it into Park. It's clearly in error on the manual transmission though.
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I flat tow my Jeep for 600 miles at a time at least once a year or more and I never even know it is behind my motor home. I have always put the transfer case in neutral and the transmission in 4th gear.
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That's really something, at least they give the correct info on the automatic transmission which is to shift it into Park. It's clearly in error on the manual transmission though.
Agreed.
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Old 01-26-2011, 03:28 PM   #21
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thank you to everyone for the info on this. i called uhall and i am going to rent the auto trailer so all 4 are off the ground, just want to make sure nothing happens.
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If you are going to put the whole jeep on a trailer. Leave transfer case in 2HI. Set parking brake, leave jeep in 1st or 2nd gear and make sure you use a good binder to secure it to the trailer front and back.
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I saw a guy pulling a TJ with his motorhome today and asked how he towed it. He said he's towed the automatic equipped with tranny in park and TC in neutral for six years and over 40000 moles with no problems. I've towed my standard in gear and TC in neutral on several short 100 or so mile trips on several occasions with no problems.
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Good call on the trailer. In addition to all the correct info above (TC in Nuetral-Tranny in Park or in gear), my '04 owner's manual also states to flat tow four down, or on a trailer. Do not use a tow dolly.

I've flat towed mine for years using the above correct method.
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NO. Auto trans in PARK or manual trans in 1st GEAR. Transfer case in NEUTRAL.
X2 towed my jeep behind the rv many times never had a problem
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My dad has flat towed his TJ for over 40k miles. TC in N and Transmission in gear. He towed it from new england to alaska 3 years ago with out any problems.
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Let me say I would have towed my jeep in Neutral if I had not seen this post, so thanks to all who posted. Now for the link I Found on You Tube .
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Old 01-29-2011, 05:47 PM   #28
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towed the jeep on a flat trailer and made it just fine. looked good pulling the uhal out of the bank of snow i backed into while unloading. lol

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