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Old 09-04-2012, 03:08 PM   #1
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2007 Jeep Liberty Towing Instructions

Can someone help me with this question. According to the 2007 Jeep Liberty manual these are the following steps to hook-up to your motorhome;

1. Depress brake pedal.
2. Shift transmission into N (Neutral).
3. Shift transfer case lever into N (Neutral).
4. Start engine.
5. Shift automatic transmission into D (Drive) or manual
transmission into any forward gear.
6. Release brake pedal and ensure that there is no vehicle
movement.
7. Shut the engine OFF and place the ignition key into
the unlocked OFF position.
8. Shift automatic transmission into P (Park) or ensure
manual transmission is in any forward gear.
9. Apply parking brake.
10. Attach vehicle to the tow vehicle with tow bar.
11. Release parking brake.

My question is in regards to #3, is it necessary to have your vehicle off before you shift the transmission, then the transfer case into Neutral? It seems to me if you drive your car to the motorhome to be attached it would be easier just to leave it on.

Just bought this vehicle for a toad. Hope someone can help. Thanks.
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Old 09-04-2012, 09:25 PM   #2
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We have a 06 liberty I have never towed it but when I go into gear or 4wd I put the trans in neutral then shift the trans case If I were towing it I would not shut the motor off until I was hooked up but why put it in park after wards I would think tranny and trans case would be safe in N if in park and the case drops in to gear for any reason the trans is locked in PK that could cause some damage
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Old 09-04-2012, 10:19 PM   #3
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I'm not sure why Jeep has step 3 as start the engine. We have an 06 same as Mark & I just leave the engine running when I drive up to the back of the motorhome, then do all those other steps (except #5, I don't do that either).

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I havr towed multiple jeeps many thousands of miles.

Having the engine running will usually make it easier to shift transmission and transfer case to nuetral.

Transmission to park is correct - not nuetral.
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You never had a problem when in park? I just though that if that case happened to go into gear.
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Thank you

A big thanks for the answers. I feel better knowing what other have done.
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There is a technical reason for using park (or a gear if manual tranny). It is to lock the transmission so the gears do not spin in sympathetic harmony with the rear wheels. That would cause transmission wear or overheating because there is no fluid circulating for lubrication.
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There is a technical reason for using park (or a gear if manual tranny). It is to lock the transmission so the gears do not spin in sympathetic harmony with the rear wheels. That would cause transmission wear or overheating because there is no fluid circulating for lubrication.
I was hoping someone would post this - I knew there was a reason, just couldn't think of it!
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I've been towing my '06 liberty, always using a checklist with printed steps exactly as you have posted from the manual. And no problems. That's good enough reason for me to follow jeeps procedure.
Just don't forget to have the steering wheel unlocked. I use an un-chipped key for that.

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You never had a problem when in park? I just though that if that case happened to go into gear.
Auto in park, manual in any gear - you don't want anything to turn inside the transmission without being properly lubed.
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