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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.
99 Dutchman Lite. 30'. 2002 Ford F-350 Superduty 7.3 Liter Navistar Diesel manual 4x4, 3.73 ratio, True Blue, Bone StockSOLD! Current tow beast: 2005 Chevy Silverado 2500HD Duramax Diesel Allison 1000 Automatic 4x4, 3.73, Onxy Black, Bone Stock.
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.
Bob Flight, Rochester, NY- '02 Travel Supreme,
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.