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.
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.
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!
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
2004 TJ X. 4.25" combo lift, 35's, and some other junk.