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Old 02-15-2013, 11:59 AM   #1
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towing a 97 jeep grand cherokee

My son has a 97 jeep grand cherokee 4wd near KC Mo.. The motor blew and i would like to tow it back to SD. I have access to a two wheel dolly. Any pointers would be appreciated.
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Be very careful. Check your owners manual. Most jeeps are designed to be towed with all 4 wheels down and transfer case in neutral, or on a trailer with all 4 wheels up. Towing on a dolly may require removing rear drive shaft. Please make sure so that the drive train(transfer case) is not also ruined. Good luck and keep us posted.
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Absolutely do not tow that on a dolly or that will be the end of the transmission/transfer case. If you have to tow it on a dolly, remove the rear driveshaft. The easiest way (if it's Quadratrac) is to tow it 4 down. Start the motor, put the transmission in Neutral, then the transfer case in neutral. Shut the engine down and leave the key in the ignition one click, then put the transmission in park.
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The owners manual always has a towing section that tow truck operators can look at to see the acceptable ways to tow it .
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I dolly towed my 94 Grand Cherokee 4x4 by disconnecting the driveshaft when we moved from CA to ID. Put thousands of miles on it afterwards with no problems at all.
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We had a '97 GC with Quadratrack. Can only be towed four down or on a trailer unless the rear driveshaft is removed.
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Old 02-18-2013, 10:18 PM   #7
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towing the 97 jeep

The owners manual says if it is necessary to tow with the front wheels raised to put the transfer case in neutral and the tranny in park. it also says not to disconnect the rear prop shaft because it could leak from transfer case.
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The owners manual says if it is necessary to tow with the front wheels raised to put the transfer case in neutral and the tranny in park. it also says not to disconnect the rear prop shaft because it could leak from transfer case.
Not what ours said.
We had the QuadraTrak and it specifically said not to tow with the front wheels off the ground without removing the rear driveshaft.
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