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Old 01-21-2013, 07:39 AM   #1
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Jeep Liberty

I am still very confused after reading a bunch of threads and looking up a 2006 Jeep Liberty 4x4 automatic as my flat tow car. The Remco site won't even show me an automatic option.

Is anyone using a Liberty for their tow car?
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Old 01-21-2013, 07:42 AM   #2
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I do not tow one, but I would do what the owners manual says to do.
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Old 01-21-2013, 09:34 AM   #3
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Just hook it up, put transfer case in neutral and the transmission in part. Forget REMCO
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I am hoping to find the time to call REMCO later today and ask about a Jeep Liberty. We are looking for a tow-able vehicle and ran across a 2004 Liberty for a fair price. Once I get an answer from REMCO I'll post it back to this thread.
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Old 01-21-2013, 09:43 AM   #5
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We have an 04 Liberty 4X4. Like stated above, forget the Remco. One downside is that a key has to be in the ignition and in the off position to unlock the steering wheel.

The 2 wheel drives are not towable from what I understand.
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Old 01-21-2013, 09:46 AM   #6
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My experience is that Jeep products 2006 and older are tow-ready from the factory. As another post stated; put the transfer case in neutral and the automatic (or stick) in neutral, the ignition key in the first position (on) and you are off.
I currently tow a 2006 Rubicon and towed a 2003 Liberty LTD. Great to flat tow.... The newer Jeep products need a battery modification to insure it does not kill the battery during tow, so I am told.
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Old 01-21-2013, 10:55 AM   #7
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First question is, is it a 4X4 or 2 wheel drive? Auto or standard trans? I tow a 2006 Liberty 4X4 with auto trans and all you do is put transfer in nuetral and transmission in park and turn key one click to unlock steering wheel. Its all in the manual.
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We tow an '08 Liberty. Transfer case in neutral, transmission in park, no need for key in ignition (no steering lock).
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Old 01-21-2013, 11:51 AM   #9
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We have towed our 2006 4x4 Jeep liberty with automatic trans. 24k miles four wheels down. Follow the instruction in the manual and all is well. We have traveled form NY to Alaska and down to South Caroline with no problems.
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The key is, does it have a two speed transfer case with a neutral postion? If it does, its probably towable. This would apply to pretty much any vehicle.

As hinted above, there may be other factors to consider. One example given is, does the steering column lock? (Jeep made changes not all that long ago. Our '07 needed the key in the ignition, our '12 doesn't. I think the change was made mid-year '08, but you'll need to know. This can easily be checked by you. Can you turn the wheel without the key?) If so, the key will have to be in the ignition. If that's the case, you may need to either pull a fuse (or install a battery shut off as we did on our '07 Wrangler).

There are thousands of Libertys being used as toads. No doubt someone here has the exact same year and configuration and can help you.
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We tow a 2004 Liberty 4x4 with an automatic transmission. Here is the process we follow which is what is described in the owners manual:
  1. Put the transmission in neutral
  2. Put the transfer case in neutral
  3. Put the transmission back into park.
  4. Put the key in the ignition and turn it one click to disable the steering lock. It doesn't get turned far enough to engage the accessories so there's no need to do anything special to keep the battery from draining.
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My experience is that Jeep products 2006 and older are tow-ready from the factory. As another post stated; put the transfer case in neutral and the automatic (or stick) in neutral, the ignition key in the first position (on) and you are off.
This is (partially) incorrect. Transfer case in neutral is correct, but the transmission should be in park (auto) or sixth (manual).

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I currently tow a 2006 Rubicon and towed a 2003 Liberty LTD. Great to flat tow.... The newer Jeep products need a battery modification to insure it does not kill the battery during tow, so I am told.
Actually, I think you have it the wrong way around. Newer Jeeps ('08 or so) don't have steering lock, so no key is needed. Older ones do, so you need the key and might need a battery boost. It also depends on how you're energizing the tail lights. Or if you're using a brake system that sucks power from the toad battery.
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Take out the owners manual, look under recreational towing.. 4 wheel drive is tow-able, two wheel drive not.. but read the manual
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We tow an '08 Liberty. Transfer case in neutral, transmission in park, no need for key in ignition (no steering lock).

Crabby, How do you switch your 2008 transfer case to neutral? I haven't looked that close, but I don't think there was a neutral position on that console switch. Let me know how you do it. thanks
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