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Old 11-04-2009, 12:58 PM   #1
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2006 Jeep Wrangler neutral or park???

I tow a Jeep Wrangler automatic transmission....the manual says to put transfer case in neutral and transmission in park. If for some reason it slips back into gear and the transmission is in park, there goes the tranny. Is there a reason I can't leave the transmission in neutral????
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The transfer case, though in neutral can still try and turn the output shaft of the transmission which would damage the transmission as the transmission's lube pump is driven off of the input shaft. Leaving it in park prevents this damage.

Transfer cases don't slip back into gear.

It's best to follow the manufacturer's instructions.
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Route 66 is right on. I always after putting transfere case in neutral and before putting transmission in park start the engine place transmission in drive to ensure transfer case is in neutral, turn off engine...then transmission to park.
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Transfer cases don't slip back into gear.

They have been known to, happened to a friend of mine towing his TJ to MOAB.
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I suppose anything is possible, but I've towed 4WD vehicles with xfer case in neutral and tranny in Park for upwards of 70k miles without a mishap. I'd have to say that having the xfer case jump into gear is extremely unlikely. And you can't rule out "operator error" as the real cause either.
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Thanks for the replies.....just starting out towing the Jeep. Want
to make sure I'm doing it right.
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Great viehcle,
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We have a 2008 Wrangler that is an auto and NOT 4 wheel drive. Can it safely be towed?
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We have a 2008 Wrangler that is an auto and NOT 4 wheel drive. Can it safely be towed?
According to Motorhome Magazine, no. Not without modification.
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According to Motorhome Magazine, no. Not without modification.
That is what I figured. Thanks.
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