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Old 04-04-2013, 06:18 PM   #1
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Towing a 2002 Jeep Wrangler automatic

So,,,,my dealer hasn't got me the owners manual as yet and I need to know how it reads in the 2002 manual for towing it..If anyone has the writings for recreational towing for this Jeep please let me know what it is.
What has to be in what position of disconnected to tow. Im setting up the MH in the morning out of town and would appreciate the info tonite if you can do it..
If you have this Jeep and tow it please tell me what you do and please be specific...thanks
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Old 04-04-2013, 06:27 PM   #2
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Assuming that Wrangler is 4wd, transfer case in neutral, auto trans. in park, and tow away... Nothing to it.. the T case will release the engine and transmission letting it free wheel

If it is 2wd, that auto trans might need an aftermarket pump added to it, or need to disconnect the drive shaft.
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thanks for the quick response,,I really appreciate it..
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thanks for the quick response,,it is a 4wd auto...thanks again.
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thanks for the quick response,,I really appreciate it..

Quite welcome..

I for one have nearly always had a Jeep addiction. old, new, whatever. Have towed them many a mile.

make sure you leave the key in the ignition switched to the first position where the steering won't lock up. In case you don't know, it seems that steering doesn't lock. Pull the key, turn the wheel 1/2 turn or so and it will. ya don't want it doing that behind your M.H.

Also, while towing that little ride, if your M.H. needs to make a tight turn, remember that tail end is first going the opposite direction, dragging the Jeep one way then the other. It can be hell on the Jeep steering and tires being drug around like that.
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OK glad I didn't miss that key position. Ill have to remember to try to route away from tight turns if possible. thanks again.
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Oh,,,one more question.....if your still there...how about backing up?
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Oh,,,one more question.....if your still there...how about backing up?
Nope. Do not.
The wheels will tilt and drag and it will jack knife.
Pre-plan your entrance and exit from fuel stations, etc. I had to unhook 3 times, early on, to get out of a fix. You'll get used to it.

Oh yeah, also a Wrangler fanatic.
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Well, had the towbar installed on the Wrangler .. did all the right things to tow it..all went well on the short trip home.. thanks all for the comments..
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Autohauler is correct, especially unlocking the steering wheel. Don't forget to release your parking brake, too! Manual transmissions are to be left in a forward gear; I leave mine in 3rd. Automatic in park is what I've always read.
Towed our 2001 Wrangler Sport thousands of miles and never had a problem until a receiver pin came out in Utah.
Turned out okay, just bent the crossbar into useless. My wife had to drive the Jeep behind me the rest of the way home, but we were very happy we didn't have a flipping-down-the-highway Jeep!
I now use padlocks on those receivers, plus I got a new Rugged Ridge front bumper with the same pin brackets as on the front of the Roadmaster bracket. Now I have 2 ways to hook up in case one gets messed up.
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Im assuming you mean the pin that goes in the hole of your hitch thru the ball hitch bar? Wow I would think they would never break..soooo now you run a padlock thru there..isn't that less strong?
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no, there is a pair of holes where the two parts join, the one attached to the Jeep and the other on the bracket assembly. the padlock goes through there. 2 padlocks actually, one on each side. They are designed for that, for antitheft security I presume. The big receiver pin probably didn't break, I think the locking pin that holds it did and it fell out. we were on a rough stretch of road for many miles where it probably shook out, and later on a nice smooth stretch I think it fell out, then when we started up a gentle hill the passenger side just pulled out. that was a nice stretch and we were lucky; traffic was light and nothing was damaged but the crossbar, which bent as we slowed to a stop. If I'd had the new bumper setup we could have hooked up, or used it to start with and nothing would have come loose.
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