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Old 04-01-2013, 06:44 PM   #1
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Flat towing a '03 Jeep Liberty

Hi group,
I've read a little about what you need to flat tow, but still am mostly confused (I'd rather flat tow than dolly and my selection of this toad may make up my mind to purchase it). From the add, the centre shift looks like this: 2wd - 4 part time - 4 high - neutral -4 low
Is that enough information for a 2003 Jeep Liberty, 4x4, to decide?
thanks for an info
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Old 04-01-2013, 07:33 PM   #2
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If it is 4x4 and has a neutral in the transfer it is towable 4 down. Transfer case in neutral, Transmission in park and key up one click to unlock steering and key stays in ignition.
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You can tow the Liberty, Put the transfer case in neutral and turn the key to accessary and you are ready to go. Great vehical for flat towing
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my friends towed one of those for 6 years ,never had a problem .They
are a bit hard on fuel .
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You can tow the Liberty, Put the transfer case in neutral and turn the key to accessary and you are ready to go. Great vehical for flat towing
Ditto. Also, if the owners manual is there, it actually has the procedure for preparing to tow in it.
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Transfer case in neutral, transmission in park (or any gear if manual), and leave the steering unlocked. Transfer case is between the transmission and axles, so putting it to neutral provides the disconnect. Transmission in gear/park to keep anything from maybe spinning when not being lubricated.
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We tow this exact vehicle flat. It works great! Details are in the manual. Key one click forward to unlock steering wheel, transfer case in neutral, transmission in park. Add a light kit ( we drilled the bottom of the housings for new lights and added a brakemaster 9000.
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Ditto. Also, if the owners manual is there, it actually has the procedure for preparing to tow in it.
Key in accessory will not work. I click forward. I learned this the hard way. 2 new tires.
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I tow a 03 Liberty.. But. My center console is different from the one you described.
Mine.. 2 high-- 4 high-- neutral -- 4 low .. Not a bad car to tow , perhaps heavier
than I might choose ( 3700 lbs) . easy to hook up or as easy as any 4x4 would be .
A little harder on brakes than than I like and both front wheel bearings needed to be replaced .
I did not know that jeep made a different transfer case for the Liberty.
Good luck with your search

On edit .. as spinner said with key .. to paraphrase with engine running , one click back to off position . engine will stop and key cannot be removed and steering wheel is not locked
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my friends towed one of those for 6 years ,never had a problem .They
are a bit hard on fuel .
Thanks!
A bit heavy too at 3700 lbs...hope my class c diesel is OK with that
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We tow this exact vehicle flat. It works great! Details are in the manual. Key one click forward to unlock steering wheel, transfer case in neutral, transmission in park. Add a light kit ( we drilled the bottom of the housings for new lights and added a brakemaster 9000.
Great thoughts, thanks! Sounds like the way to go...
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Thanks Phranc,
I haven't seen the Liberty in the flesh, just the add picture, but there was a close-up of the shift lever and that was the layout I printed. Odd though eh..
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