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Old 09-27-2015, 11:14 AM   #15
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Actually the Wrangler is RWD.

A not very elegant solution is to disconnect the driveshaft at the differential. You would need to tie the shaft up using bungie cord or ratchet straps. Simply reconnect the shaft when you arrive.

I knew a guy who did this with a Ford pickup for years. Only 4 bolts involved and a lot simpler solution until you get your driveline disconnect.
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Old 09-27-2015, 11:23 AM   #16
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Actually the Wrangler is RWD.
It hasn't been established that it's a Wrangler, though. Besides, aren't all Wranglers 4WD, either full time or part time? The current 2WD Cherokee is a real FWD. It's a crossover SUV, not an offroad vehicle. In any event, no advice is very meaningful until he identifies what Jeep model he has.

This whole issue began because mossalot did not learn enough about the vehicle he has, and that ignorance is still a big threat to his towing plans.
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Old 09-27-2015, 11:55 AM   #18
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The OP said it was a Wrangler and discussed towing it backwards on a dolly or installing a drive shaft disconnect.

Plenty of clues that it's rear wheel drive.

I give the guy a lot of credit for owning up to his "mistake".

He is looking for help, not to be criticised.
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I wonder, are ANY Jeeps FWD? The ones I know of are all either RWD or 4WD.
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I used to tow an automatic BMW two door rear wheel drive sedan to Wisconsin from Texas and back once a year for several years. I did what xydial suggested. I unbolted the U joint at the rear of the drive shaft. There are four nuts on the two U bolts that hold it attached. It takes ten minutes to accomplish this if your car is off the ground high enough for you to slide under there to do the work. It is really important to tie the drive shaft up and also tie it with forward pressure. If the drive shaft is able to move rearward the drive spline in the rear of the transmission can fall out. Don't ask me how I know that ! When you get to your destination reattach the U joint and U bolts and you are ready.
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My 2014 Wrangler is 4 WD. Jeep does not recommend using a tow dolly. Look in the Owner's Manual under recreational Towing it will tell you everything you need to know.

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To answer your question regarding towing with the engine running.

If the Jeep is vacuum assisted power brakes, remove and plug the vacuum line that goes to the power brake booster. Tie a small white ribbon on the steering wheel to remind you.

ALSO - You might consider adding a small idiot light for oil pressure or alternator (something that lights up when the engine is not running ). Mount it on top of the dash so you can see it from the MH.

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I have 10years and 50,000 miles towing My dodge minivan with a remco lube pump. If I did have a problem I would start the car and let it idle till I got it fixed.

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I initially liked the pump idea the best because I could get the part in time for the trip, but after some research, decided against it.

Apparently, the Chryslers have more of an issue with clogging the pump and it failing than other vehicles. One of the Camping World's I talked to said they refused to install them on Chryslers any more because of the issues.

I messaged someone on this forum with the exact same problem as me (he bought the wrong jeep) and he tried the pump. He said it failed quickly on him and he did not recommend it.
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My 2014 Wrangler is 4 WD. Jeep does not recommend using a tow dolly. Look in the Owner's Manual under recreational Towing it will tell you everything you need to know.

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It's a 2 WD RWD Jeep Wrangler. And yes, I know it's like putting ballerina shoes on a football player.
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Actually the Wrangler is RWD.

A not very elegant solution is to disconnect the driveshaft at the differential. You would need to tie the shaft up using bungie cord or ratchet straps. Simply reconnect the shaft when you arrive.

I knew a guy who did this with a Ford pickup for years. Only 4 bolts involved and a lot simpler solution until you get your driveline disconnect.
I've started to test this option to see how long it takes and how I feel about strapping up the drive shaft. My Jeep does not have the 4 bolt configuration I was expecting. It is an 8 bolt connection.

I removed the 8 bolts but could not get the drive shaft to shift back. Do I need to use a little more force or maybe pry it back with a chisel? I didn't want to use any force until I was sure there were no other clips or bolts holding the drive shaft in place.
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A cautionary tale about a ready brake and the car running. I start the car to charge the battery when we stop for meals or fuel. I forgot to turn the car off outside Branson Mo.

Headed down a steep hill (don't ask why I was there) with the PAC brake on and fanning the brakes. DW told me she smelled rubber burning. Looked in the mirrors to see the tires on the toad smoking.

I learned that the ready brake really works AND YOU DON'T WANT THE BRAKE BOOSTER WORKING WHEN THE BRAKE ENGAGES.

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xydial, do you think the Ready Brake might work if it was loosened up as Big Oil Guy suggested? Or do you think ANY brake that pushes the brake pedal is a bad idea as Gary RVRoamer suggested at the beginning of the thread?

I dismissed the Brake Buddy while the Jeep is idle because I can't see how two vacuum assisted brake systems would be a good idea, but I thought something like the Ready Brake that uses inertia might be a possible solution.
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I've started to test this option to see how long it takes and how I feel about strapping up the drive shaft. My Jeep does not have the 4 bolt configuration I was expecting. It is an 8 bolt connection.

I removed the 8 bolts but could not get the drive shaft to shift back. Do I need to use a little more force or maybe pry it back with a chisel? I didn't want to use any force until I was sure there were no other clips or bolts holding the drive shaft in place.
Carefull un bolting that 8 bolt shaft end. It may be a CV joint, with a bunch of parts, ready to spill out.
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