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Old 08-29-2013, 02:38 PM   #1
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Question on Jeep Liberty as a toad

Can a 2004 Jeep Liberty 4X4 with an automatic transmission be towed 4 down? If so, what are special procedures for towing?

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Old 08-29-2013, 03:40 PM   #2
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I tow a 2005 Jeep Liberty. 4X4, Automatic. There are no special requirements at all. Shift the transaxle into neutral, shift transmission into park, leave steering wheel unlocked, and away you go. The directions are actually spelled out in the owners manual. It's the best tow vehicle available. It is fairly light, can tow a 2000 lb trailer itself, has plenty of storage, seats 4, except only average gas mileage.
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Old 08-29-2013, 03:48 PM   #3
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2004 Liberty

According to MotorHome Magazine 2004 Dinghy Guide, yes you can.

I tow a 2008 Liberty with no problems. Just follow the instructions in the owner's manual.
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Old 08-29-2013, 05:50 PM   #4
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I have 2004 Liberty that I have towed 20K miles including a trip to Alaska. Just follow the manual and you will not have any problems. Also have your DW check that the tires rotate and turn before you travel on the road. It has saved me. I was interrupted once and forgot to turn the ignition key to the first stop. My DW said the tires did not turn when she checked. Double checking can have big bucks. Also verify all your connection are secure after the first few miles.

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Old 08-29-2013, 06:38 PM   #5
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Warning on new Jeeps.. Jeeps come in 3 flavors

Rear wheel drive (Need drive shaft disconnect to tow)
Full time 4 wheel drive with electronic controls (NOT towable)

4-Wheel Drive, Manual Transfer case (This is the one you want)

If your jeep does not have a manual transfer case (or a manual transmission on a RWD) no tow.
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Old 08-29-2013, 06:54 PM   #6
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I tow a 2012 Jeep Liberty Jet 4x4. Push a little detent (button) and can hear it unlock ( or lock) and it's good to go. Key out and shift into park. Just don't forget to release your hand brake ONCE YOU ARE HOOKED UP!!! Don't ask me how I know!
You can possibly find the procedure on Jeep.com for your model's manual.
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Old 08-30-2013, 05:42 PM   #7
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We tow a 2012 Jeep Liberty automatic transmission not full time 4x4. We keep a copy of the pages of the manual with detailed instructions of shifting the transmission in/out. One of us reads each step and the other does the actually procedure. No problems. Just keeps us double checking to be sure it is done correctly each time.
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Warning on new Jeeps.. Jeeps come in 3 flavors

Rear wheel drive (Need drive shaft disconnect to tow)
Full time 4 wheel drive with electronic controls (NOT towable)

4-Wheel Drive, Manual Transfer case (This is the one you want)

If your jeep does not have a manual transfer case (or a manual transmission on a RWD) no tow.
NOT true, If your Jeep does NOT have an N for neutral position on the transfer case then it is not 4 wheel down towable, automatic only.
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I have both an 02 Liberty 4X4 automatic and a 2012(last Year of them) 4X4 automatic and both are flat towable as I have towed them both.
Big thing to remember is to NEVER NEVER NEVER place the Tranny into Park with the engine running and the transfer case in N. Going to Reverse and or Drive is OK but NEVER NEVER NEVER Park.
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We tow a 2012 Jeep Liberty automatic transmission not full time 4x4. We keep a copy of the pages of the manual with detailed instructions of shifting the transmission in/out. One of us reads each step and the other does the actually procedure. No problems. Just keeps us double checking to be sure it is done correctly each time.
Great idea we also have a Jeep Liberty 2012 we tow. We are going to use your method Thanks for sharing
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Follow procedure outlined in owners manual to shift transfer case to Neutral (The only indicator on the 2012 is a LED that flashes during shift then stays on steady when in Neutral), shift the transmission into park and remove the key.

My 2012 Liberty tows quite nicely. My coach does not know it's there.
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Towed a 2004 Liberty for 50,000 miles my only suggestion that differs from the owners manual is " I put the transmission into neutral" this was after we burned off a front tire because vibration moved the ignition key from unlocked position to locked position. Rather than put a new ignition switch in I opted for putting the trans. In neutral, that way there was no way the steering could lock up while towing
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I'm just curious, what kind of mpg does a 4x4 3.7 Jeep Liberty get?
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Gas Mileage for my 02 on average 14 in town 18 to 19 on the highway. My jeep has 3 owners, all 3 of us have towed it behind a MH. It has 112,000 of driven miles and towed (not a clue) as for me over 24 K. Only major repair was a new radiator. I had the same key issue Barry had. Now use a bungee ball to secure it in place.
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