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Old 04-17-2013, 02:08 PM   #1
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We have a new (to us), 2011 Jeep with automatic transmission that we plan to tow.
Would be interested in hearing how others that tow a Jeep with auto/trans hook up and tow. The steps you take.
I seem to be doing something wrong. It's difficult to shift the transfer case from 2w/d to N. Afraid I might break something.
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Old 04-17-2013, 02:23 PM   #2
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It helps to be moving about 2 mph to move the transfer case lever. The lever is only connected to the transfer case with a plastic pin and it breaks easily. As I'm lining up my 2012 JKU to hook up, I shift it into neutral before I come to a complete stop.
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There are lots of threads on this subject already. You can look at them for the specific steps. The transfer case shifter is hard to move sometimes. Sometimes you need the Jeep moving really slowly to get the gears to line up.
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If the Jeep is moving when you shift the xfer into N, kinda hard to hook it up to the MH.

I have a 2012.
I hook it to the MH,
while still running, put trans in N,
put xfer in N,
put trans in R to make sure xfer is truly in N,
turn off engine,
turn on key - not starting engine,
put trans in P,
Key off,
Remove key ,
lock and roll.

The xfer lever is not easy to move, but a firm grip and a tug does it for me.

If yours is still stubborn, a visit to the dealer is in order.
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If the Jeep is moving when you shift the xfer into N, kinda hard to hook it up to the MH.

I have a 2012.
I hook it to the MH,
put trans in N,
put xfer in N,
put trans in R to make sure xfer is truly in N,
turn off engine,
turn on key - not starting engine,
put trans in P,
lock and roll.

The xfer lever is not easy to move, but a firm grip and a tug does it for me.

If yours is still stubborn, a visit to the dealer is in order.
If you have a 2012, you should not have a ignition lock and there's no need to put the key back in. Our 2010 Wranger didn't have one, and our 2012 Liberty does not.

Trans in P, Xfer case in N, key out.
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If you have a 2012, you should not have a ignition lock and there's no need to put the key back in. Our 2010 Wranger didn't have one, and our 2012 Liberty does not.

Trans in P, Xfer case in N, key out.
Forgot that part. Yes key out.
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First of all make sure your AT is in neutral, engine is not running and the ignition key one click forward.

I don't have a problem when setting up to tow, but will occasionally have difficulty shifting the transfer case to 2WD after towing. Here is what I do when that happens:

With the AT in Park and my foot on the brake, I start the engine and slowly shift the AT through all of the gears, and back to Park.

I then turn off the engine, turn the ignition one click forward, shift the AT into neutral and try shifting the transfer case into 2WD. If it doesn't go with slight to moderate force, then I repeat the starting steps described above. It will usually drop in after two or three attempts.
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