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Old 08-24-2006, 02:29 PM   #1
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I just purchased a 2002 wrangler sport with a manual transmission. In the Manaul it states to put the transfer case in neutral and if an automatic put the shifter in park. It does not say what gear to put the shifter if its manual. I talked to the jeep dealer by phone and they said someone in the back said neutral. I have searched on here and found one person who said put in a high gear( 4th, 5th). Any help would be appreciated. Thanks
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I just purchased a 2002 wrangler sport with a manual transmission. In the Manaul it states to put the transfer case in neutral and if an automatic put the shifter in park. It does not say what gear to put the shifter if its manual. I talked to the jeep dealer by phone and they said someone in the back said neutral. I have searched on here and found one person who said put in a high gear( 4th, 5th). Any help would be appreciated. Thanks
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Old 08-24-2006, 03:53 PM   #3
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I put mine in 5th.The rest of your info is correct.
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Old 08-24-2006, 04:26 PM   #4
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I read somewhere to put it in second (it needs to be in gear so the drag will prevent the gears from rotating), however, if it was to jump out of transfer case neutral (probably unlikely anyway) at any speed you would over rev the transmission, so I keep mine in third.
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I used to tow a Wrangler, 5 speed manual transmission and put transfer case in neutral and transmission in 5th gear.

The transmission should be in gear to prevent the transmission gears from turning without lubrication due to fluid coupling in the transfer case. It would just be a slight turning or freewheeling, but by putting the transmission in gear it prevents it.

Techically, any gear would work, but in case the transfer case would somehow bounce back into gear, having the transmission in a high gear such as 5th prevents the engine from over-reving. If you'd have it in 1st or 2nd and somehow the transfer case comes out of neutral at 50-60 mph, the engine wouldn't like it. Any gear that had a safe engine RPM at the speeds you would be towing would be safe, but I always used the highest gear.
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Old 08-25-2006, 01:27 PM   #6
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Thanks for all the info. I knew I could get the answer here.
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I wanted to share this with you. Before I posted here about the wrangler, I had sent an e-mail to jeep through there web site asking the same question. They have since replied to me that only the automatic jeep wrangler can be towed with the the tow bar. In the owners manual it gives instructions for both auto and manual. I have replied to them and stated this. Does anyone know if Jeep has changed there stance on using the manual Wranger as a toad? or maybe I have just gotten some one who does not know what they are talking about. I hope it is the latter as I bought this vehicle to be used as a toad.
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You shouldn't have any problem flat towing your Wrangler, just follow the procedure that 'Joe-K' posted and you'll be fine. I have no idea why an employee of Jeep is telling you otherwise.

I have a 2000 Wrangler with the manual and I have flat towed it behind my truck several times using the same procedure that 'Joe-K' described above.
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Both the automatic and manual Wrangler can be "flat towed".



Here are explicit towing instructions for the Wrangler:

Use the following procedure to prepare your Jeep Wrangler for towing:

CAUTION: It is necessary to follow these steps to be certain that the transfer case is fully in "N" (Neutral) before recreational towing to prevent damage to internal parts.

1. Shift transmission into "N" (Neutral).

2. Shift transfer case lever into "N" (Neutral). All 4WD indicator lights and tires in the vehicle outline will turn off.

3. Shift manual transmission into 5th gear or automatic transmission into "D" (Drive) and make sure there is no vehicle movement.

4. Turn your Wrangler ignition key to the unlocked OFF position to prevent steering column from locking. <span class="ev_code_RED"> You MUST, absolutely must leave the key in the ignition of your Wrangler when you are towing it!!</span>

5. Shift automatic transmission into "P" (Park). A manual you leave in 5th gear.

6. Attach vehicle to the tow vehicle with tow bar.
Both automatic and manual transmission Wranglers can be flat towed!

7. As a final step double check that steering wheel is unlocked and steering wheel is free wheeling!!


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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by PADRIVER:
I wanted to share this with you. Before I posted here about the wrangler, I had sent an e-mail to jeep through there web site asking the same question. They have since replied to me that only the automatic jeep wrangler can be towed with the the tow bar. In the owners manual it gives instructions for both auto and manual. I have replied to them and stated this. Does anyone know if Jeep has changed there stance on using the manual Wranger as a toad? or maybe I have just gotten some one who does not know what they are talking about. I hope it is the latter as I bought this vehicle to be used as a toad. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>



Someone at Jeep gave you misinformation!



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I attach jeep first to bar then follow billarfs post.I always do a double check also.My 3 year old likes to climb in the jeep and play drive.
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That person at Jeep did not what they were talking about!! Jeep always has been towable 4 down! Transfer case in netural automatic in park standard in 5th or higest gear!

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Thanks again everyone.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by BillArf:
Both the automatic and manual Wrangler can be "flat towed".



Here are explicit towing instructions for the Wrangler:

Use the following procedure to prepare your Jeep Wrangler for towing:

CAUTION: It is necessary to follow these steps to be certain that the transfer case is fully in "N" (Neutral) before recreational towing to prevent damage to internal parts.

1. Shift transmission into "N" (Neutral).

2. Shift transfer case lever into "N" (Neutral). All 4WD indicator lights and tires in the vehicle outline will turn off.

3. Shift manual transmission into 5th gear or automatic transmission into "D" (Drive) and make sure there is no vehicle movement.

4. Turn your Wrangler ignition key to the unlocked OFF position to prevent steering column from locking. <span class="ev_code_RED"> You MUST, absolutely must leave the key in the ignition of your Wrangler when you are towing it!!</span>

5. Shift automatic transmission into "P" (Park). A manual you leave in 5th gear.

6. Attach vehicle to the tow vehicle with tow bar.
Both automatic and manual transmission Wranglers can be flat towed!

7. As a final step double check that steering wheel is unlocked and steering wheel is free wheeling!!


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This what I am doing and I haven't had a problem. One caution though--if you attach the tow bar AFTER you have put the transfer case in neutral, leave the handbrake ON until the tow bar is attached and then release it. If you are parked on a slope your Jeep will run away and fall into a ditch if you are on any slope and have the TC in neutral.
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