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iyamtony

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Towing a jeep Wrangler w/automatic trans
« on: June 07, 2012, 08:20:35 AM »
Can you tow a Jeep Wrangler with an automatic transmission with all 4 wheels on the ground with out damage to the tranny. I see a lot of them being towed but havent caught one parked to ask. I have read that you can and you just need to kick the transfer box in neutral. I would like to hear it from someone that actually does it or really knows for sure. Thanks.

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Re: Towing a jeep Wrangler w/automatic trans
« Reply #1 on: June 07, 2012, 08:25:23 AM »
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Re: Towing a jeep Wrangler w/automatic trans
« Reply #2 on: June 07, 2012, 08:29:21 AM »
If it has a neutral position for the transfer case then it is towable. There may be more top the towing procedure depending on the year of the Wrangler, e.g. unlock the steering wheel or remove a fuse to prevent a dead battery. If you would give the year, another Wrangler owner could probably help.  You could also check your owner manual - the info should be in there.
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Re: Towing a jeep Wrangler w/automatic trans
« Reply #3 on: June 07, 2012, 11:00:16 AM »
We've towed both an '06 and a 2012 four down. Key in OFF position (1 ccw from run) for the '06 and in my pocket for the 2012. Transfer to NEUTRAL and auto to PARK. No battery problems as long as you don't go more than one day without driving the Jeep to recharge.
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Re: Towing a jeep Wrangler w/automatic trans
« Reply #4 on: June 07, 2012, 03:50:05 PM »
We've towed both an '06 and a 2012 four down. Key in OFF position (1 ccw from run) for the '06 and in my pocket for the 2012. Transfer to NEUTRAL and auto to PARK. No battery problems as long as you don't go more than one day without driving the Jeep to recharge.
Ernie
I have an 07 Jeep and the manual says that the battery needs to be disconnected.  Is the 2012 different?
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Re: Towing a jeep Wrangler w/automatic trans
« Reply #5 on: June 07, 2012, 08:53:49 PM »
I have an 07 Jeep and the manual says that the battery needs to be disconnected.  Is the 2012 different?

don't know for sure but I think the '07 has a steering lock feature if the ignition key is in the "off" position; the steering lock releases if the ignition key is in the "on" position, which is where it has to be for towing.  When the ignition is "on", the battery won't last very long so either you disconnect the battery or pull the appropriate fuse to stop the battery drain.  I know this is the situation for the '08s.  You can get a key without the security chip for towing if you worry about Jeep theft with the key in the ignition.
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iyamtony

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Re: Towing a jeep Wrangler w/automatic trans
« Reply #6 on: June 07, 2012, 09:12:46 PM »
Im sorry I should have given the year of my jeep and its a 2010. It looks as though its a go as long as the battery issue is addressed. So its transfer case in neutral tranny in park and of course steering unlocked and probably battery should be disconnected. Thanks for the response guys n gurls.

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Re: Towing a jeep Wrangler w/automatic trans
« Reply #7 on: June 07, 2012, 09:41:32 PM »
Be sure and check your owners manual on the sequence, I read somewhere that it is harmful (I believe) to run the engine with the trans in park and the transfer case in neutral (or something like that) Mine's a stick so I didn't pay that much attention.
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Re: Towing a jeep Wrangler w/automatic trans
« Reply #8 on: June 08, 2012, 04:56:36 AM »
Be sure and check your owners manual on the sequence, I read somewhere that it is harmful (I believe) to run the engine with the trans in park and the transfer case in neutral (or something like that) Mine's a stick so I didn't pay that much attention.
Water Dog.....I have a 2000 Wrangler, 5-speed standard....will be towing this to Fla. this year.  What gear do you put the tranny in when you tow?
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Re: Towing a jeep Wrangler w/automatic trans
« Reply #9 on: June 08, 2012, 07:31:29 AM »
With a standard tranny, put the shifter into a low gear, preferably first. The idea is to immobilize the transmission gears as much as possible so they don't get spun by external forces.
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Re: Towing a jeep Wrangler w/automatic trans
« Reply #10 on: June 08, 2012, 07:33:57 AM »
Be sure and check your owners manual on the sequence, I read somewhere that it is harmful (I believe) to run the engine with the trans in park and the transfer case in neutral (or something like that) Mine's a stick so I didn't pay that much attention.

The Manual says to put the transfercase in N and start the engine.  Shift to D and release the brake. If there is no movement then all is good.  Shift back to P and shut off the engine.  Same for a manual except you put it in gear and release the clutch.
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Re: Towing a jeep Wrangler w/automatic trans
« Reply #11 on: June 08, 2012, 08:48:55 AM »
Jeep is excellent for flat towing, get a rock guard for the front of Jeep, that gap between front fender and bumper a lot of rocks come flying out and hit the motorhome.

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Re: Towing a jeep Wrangler w/automatic trans
« Reply #12 on: June 08, 2012, 09:13:52 AM »
I've towed the 2012 without disconnecting the battery and with the key in my pocket. I've had no problems. Many of the supplemental braking systems will require battery power so disconnecting the battery doesn't make sense. As I recall this is still in the manual, but I believe it to be in error.
Definitely must be txfr NEUTRAL and in auto PARK to travel.
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Re: Towing a jeep Wrangler w/automatic trans
« Reply #13 on: June 08, 2012, 09:41:54 AM »
Water Dog.....I have a 2000 Wrangler, 5-speed standard....will be towing this to Fla. this year.  What gear do you put the tranny in when you tow?
Thanks,
Paul

I usually tow mine in either 2nd or 3rd. The manual just says put it in gear. I could be wrong on this, but I believe that any turning that's going to be going on (if any) in the transmission would be originating from the output shaft via the transfer case so really the gearing would be working in reverse.
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Re: Towing a jeep Wrangler w/automatic trans
« Reply #14 on: June 22, 2012, 03:42:29 PM »
I am thinking about a good used 2003 Wrangler with automatic.   Will I be able to tow with the key removed?  Or I guess the real question is will the steering lock with the key removed, thanks

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Re: Towing a jeep Wrangler w/automatic trans
« Reply #15 on: June 22, 2012, 05:30:45 PM »
I am thinking about a good used 2003 Wrangler with automatic.   Will I be able to tow with the key removed?  Or I guess the real question is will the steering lock with the key removed, thanks

I have a 2003 Jeep Rubicon and it HAD a steering lock..... I had it removed at my Jeep shop.

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Re: Towing a jeep Wrangler w/automatic trans
« Reply #16 on: June 22, 2012, 08:29:03 PM »
I am thinking about a good used 2003 Wrangler with automatic.   Will I be able to tow with the key removed?  Or I guess the real question is will the steering lock with the key removed, thanks
The 1st CW position is the "Off" position.  Nothing is powered on, but it unlocks the steering, which is where it needs to be for towing.  With no modification, you cannot remove the key.  But, I think the 2003 has a "chipped" key (my 2004 does).  If so, just have an ordinary key made without the chip.  You can unlock the steering with it, but it won't run.  The only other thing you must consider is brakes for the Jeep.  That's why I like the ReadyBrake system.  No power is needed.
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Re: Towing a jeep Wrangler w/automatic trans
« Reply #17 on: July 21, 2012, 05:41:50 PM »
I have a 2005 jeep grand cherokee quadra trac II.  I know I have to disengage the transaxle and place it in nuetral. 

I'm somewhat confused on what position the key should be on.  The manual states in the unlocked on position.

The positions on my switch are labeled off-Acc-on-start.  Appreciate any help out there


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Re: Towing a jeep Wrangler w/automatic trans
« Reply #18 on: July 22, 2012, 11:21:58 AM »
Norm,

If it's consistent with other Jeep models, it'll be the first position CCW from RUN.

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Re: Towing a jeep Wrangler w/automatic trans
« Reply #19 on: July 22, 2012, 12:44:37 PM »
As I understand it there were a few years when JEEP did not include an "OFF" (but unlocked) position, Just the ones the O/P listed.

In this case I think you use the ACC position and pull one or more fuses.

However, I'm not (Yet) and expert on those so I can't be sure.
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Re: Towing a jeep Wrangler w/automatic trans
« Reply #20 on: February 26, 2017, 07:13:07 PM »
In towing 2012 Jeep Sahara if steering does not lock with transfer case in neutral and transmission in park . What position is the key in? Thanks!

 

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