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Old 12-11-2012, 06:48 PM   #1
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Towing 2002 Frontier AWD All four Down

I have a 2002 Nissan Frontier pick up. I would like to know if anyone has towed it all four down? The Manual says it shouldn't be. I see that once can get tow plates for it.
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Old 01-16-2013, 11:12 PM   #2
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I found an informative (very positive I might add) discussion on this. Here it is:
RV.Net Open Roads Forum: Towing '04 Nissan Frontier 4x4 CC LB Automatic 4-Down
According to this, yes, a Frontier Automatic can be flat towed!
That was great to know for me!
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I have a 2008 Nisaan Frontier 4x4 manual tranny and it tows fine four down. The manual clearly states that only a manual tranny is suitable for this. Since this is also a daily driver for us, I wanted to only follow the factory stated guidelines. I saw no gain in putting money into the truck only to break it.
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It is a great truck; four doors, long box, and reliable to say the least. If you read the thread it was the Nissan dealer who apparently was a Jeep dealer as well that suggested it. They said that the tranny was similar to that of the Jeep. Some times there is a lot of misinformation including in the manuals and this is a case in point. For the automatics, you simply put the transfer case in neutral, and the transmission in Park and the way you go. It would be interesting to hear if anyone else has done it. I'm certainly going to try it.
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The Nissans are not set up as you describe. They don't have a neutral position in the transfer case. What you describe is common for the JEEPs, Chevys, FORDs, etc. The FMCA towing guide for 2002 clearly shows that the automatic is not towable all four down. To tow an automatic you may need to add an aux lube pump like the one that REMCO offers.
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Bottom line is that it depends on the transfer case in your vehicle. Most models labeled "AWD" do not have a transfer case that can be placed in neutral and therefore are not towable. Some are in fact full time four wheel drive and you have no selection at all. But if your Frontier has a neutral in the transfer case, then use that and you are good to go.
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Bottom line is that it depends on the transfer case in your vehicle. Most models labeled "AWD" do not have a transfer case that can be placed in neutral and therefore are not towable. Some are in fact full time four wheel drive and you have no selection at all. But if your Frontier has a neutral in the transfer case, then use that and you are good to go.
You are absolutely right! I have a 2002 XE 4WD that has neutral in the transfer case. Some of the newer models that rsflight refers to may not have this feature. Thanks for chiming!

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