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Old 01-24-2005, 01:29 PM   #1
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I have installed the neutral tow switch and now the question is at what speeds do you tow at that will not harm the trans? Thanks
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Old 01-24-2005, 01:29 PM   #2
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I have installed the neutral tow switch and now the question is at what speeds do you tow at that will not harm the trans? Thanks
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Old 01-24-2005, 06:04 PM   #3
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We have towed our '99 Explorer behind our coaches for the last two years with no problems with the Neutral tow kit installed by the dealer.
There are no restrictions as to speed or mileage for the Explorer. I have towed as fast as 70 with no problem.
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Is your Explorer a 4WD?
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Old 01-25-2005, 03:59 PM   #5
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Yes, 4WD with auto tranny.

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Thanks, Looks like I should be all set.
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Old 01-27-2005, 07:03 AM   #7
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I have a 2004 Explorer that I may want to rig as a toad. What is the neutral tow kit you refer to, how much does it cost, and will it affect warranty? Is this available through Ford dealers?
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The neutral tow kit is a Ford product, that must be installed by a Ford dealer. It requires reprogramming of the Explorer's computer to create a neutral position in the 4X4 transfer case (that's why a Ford dealer is required), and the kit is includes a light that is mounted under the dash to indicate when the transfer case is in neutral. The kit, installation, and reprogramming should be around $100.

Here is a link to the 2004 Ford towing guide. The Neutral Tow Kit part number is listed.

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I have a 2002 exolorer 4x4 with the netural tow kit and have towed it over 5,000 miles with no problem.
I installed the US Gear tow brake and it makes the hook up and disconnect happen in minutes. I installed extra sockets in my tail light lens and run the lights off a seperate circut than the car electrical system. Works great.
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I have towed a 2000 Ford Explorer 4WD V-6 with the electronic disconnect for 5 years. I have towed it at all speeds but mostly fast. After I first hookup, a mile or two later I check the towbar and everything else and glance at the odometer to see if any miles have been logged. The light goes out a while after the doors are locked.

Couple more points: Remember, if you lose the battery in the toad, it goes into gear so keep a good battery in it. I heard of one Explorer where the owner had a bunch of keys on the ring and the switch wore out. Same effect. I had a common key(no electronic flinky) that I use with no ring to just unlock the wheel while towing.
If you are using a M&G Toad brake, better have one of my alert lights.
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I have a 2002 Explorer Sportrak which I may end up towing if I go the Diesel Pusher route. Does the odometer continue to add miles when the vehicle is towed?

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