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Old 06-13-2014, 11:57 AM   #1
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Towing Nissan Frontier 4-down

A few days ago, I saw a Nissan Frontier 4x4 being towed 4-down. I didn't know you could do that! Is it because it's a 4x4, or did they have some kind of driveshaft disconnect?
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Many part time 4x4's have a 'neutral' position that can be used for towing. Most transfer cases are lubricated by a pinion drive oil pump so as long as the drive shaft turns, the gear box is being lubed.
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We tow our 2008 4x4 Frontier 4 down. We've been doing that for years. To be able to do that, it must have a manual transmission. We don't have a neutral position choice on the transfer case, the manual wants it set in the 2x position.
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2005 and later Frontiers must be a manual tranny to be 4 down towed as there is no way to put the transfer case in to neutral. The 2004 and earlier Frontiers and Xterras with 4wd and auto or manual trannys can be towed 4 down by putting the transfer case into neutral and leaving the auto trans in park or putting the manual trans in 5th gear. I own a 2003 Xterra w/4wd/auto/V6 and have towed mine 4 down for more than 20K miles. The 04 and earlier models with auto trans are not approved to 4 down tow by Nissan but trust me it works with no harm to the vehicle.
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Thanks for the info!
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I recently bought a 2015 Frontier SV with manual trans. specifically because I can tow 4 down in 2 high. I need to find a base plate and supplemental brake system, any suggestions? I have a 30' 2004 thor Hurricane with 8.1L
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2005 and later Frontiers must be a manual tranny to be 4 down towed as there is no way to put the transfer case in to neutral. The 2004 and earlier Frontiers and Xterras with 4wd and auto or manual trannys can be towed 4 down by putting the transfer case into neutral and leaving the auto trans in park or putting the manual trans in 5th gear. I own a 2003 Xterra w/4wd/auto/V6 and have towed mine 4 down for more than 20K miles. The 04 and earlier models with auto trans are not approved to 4 down tow by Nissan but trust me it works with no harm to the vehicle.
Thanks for that info!! I have an 2004 Xterra with auto. And have just went by no tow in the owners manual. I sure would like to tow it although it is a little heavy.
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I had a 2010 Nissan Frontier 4x4 with an automatic. I added the Remco disconnect and towed it for a couple of years.
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