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Old 06-26-2006, 08:41 AM   #1
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I purchased a 2005 Jeep Liberty CRD (diesel) with the Select Trac 4WD system and auto transmission.

The previous owner did not provide me with an owner's manual. I have ordered one but don't know if it will arrive in time for my first trip with the Jeep in tow.

Does anyone know the procedure for towing this configutation of Jeep Liberty four down? (i.e. transmission in park or neutral / transfer case in neutral I assume).

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Old 06-26-2006, 08:41 AM   #2
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I purchased a 2005 Jeep Liberty CRD (diesel) with the Select Trac 4WD system and auto transmission.

The previous owner did not provide me with an owner's manual. I have ordered one but don't know if it will arrive in time for my first trip with the Jeep in tow.

Does anyone know the procedure for towing this configutation of Jeep Liberty four down? (i.e. transmission in park or neutral / transfer case in neutral I assume).

Thanks,
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Old 06-27-2006, 07:35 PM   #3
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Does the transfer case have a neutral position? If not, it cannot be towed 4 down.

If the transfer case has a neutral the other descriptions for Jeeps with automatic transmission apply. Basically:

a) Ignition in steering wheel unlock position.
b) Transfer case in neutral.
c) Transmission in Park.
d) Parking brake off.

The process on a 97 Wrangler is:

a) Engine running.
b) Transmission in neutral.
c) Shift transfer case to neutral.
d) Shift transmission to reverse, vehicle should not move.
e) Shift transmission back to neutral.
f) Turn key towards off, it should stop before you can remove the key. Make sure it is in a detent, on mine I turn the key anti-clockwise until it stop, then clockwise to the first click.
g) Shift transmission to Park. Do not touch ignition key.
h) Make sure brake is off.

The Wranglers, Cherokees, Grand Cherokees, and Libertys all use the same procedure.
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Transfer case does have a neutral position so I would assume your explanation is correct. (That was what I thought but wasn't sure).

The only thing up in the air still is transmission in park or neutral!
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Ours is a gas, but I'd think it'd be the same for diesel. Owner's manual says transfer case in Neutral, transmission in Park.
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I have a 2001 Jeep GC that I have towed 37,000 miles behind 2 MHs. I have had no problems to date.
I put the transfer case in neutral,transmission in park, make sure the parking brake is off and put the ignition key to the proper position to unlock the steering wheel ( I turn the key until the dash lights come on than turn back one click). Than I tie a white cloth to the top of the steering wheel so I can see the steering wheel turn while looking into the back up monitor.
I have read where some of the newer Jeep models no longer have a steering wheel lock.
Once I have done everything and hooked up the tow bar, I push the Jeep back by hand until the tow bar arms lock. If I can't push the Jeep back it means I forgot to take the brake off or put the transfer case in neutral.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Ed-Deb:
Transfer case does have a neutral position so I would assume your explanation is correct. (That was what I thought but wasn't sure).

The only thing up in the air still is transmission in park or neutral! </div></BLOCKQUOTE>Transmission must be in gear (manual) or in Park (auto). Neither transmission is lubed when engine is not running.
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Thanks to everyone for taking the time to answer my question!

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To put the transfer case in neutral:
Start engine.
Shift transmission to neutral.
Pull transfer case into neutral.
Shift to drive and then reverse to make sure the transfer case is in neutral.
TURN-OFF ENGINE then shift into park.

Of course make sure the steering is not locked
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