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Old 09-11-2012, 11:36 PM   #1
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Dodge Nitro 4wd towing

I'm towing a Dodge Nitro 4wd rig on a car dolly and want to know if there is any way to pull the ignition key when the transmission is in the neutral position? I'd like to shut off all the electrical while towing. I have had the battery go down and the computer locks up the tranny because it thinks the car is being stolen and I'd like to lock the front wheels from turning, also. Thanks
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Old 09-12-2012, 11:23 AM   #2
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You need to check your owners manual on this before spending any money.

ZERO (that I've heard of) 4WD anythings can be towed on a dolly.

I "think" the nitro is a sister to the Jeep Liberty, and the transfer case can be put into neutral and it can be towed 4 down. Again, check your owners manual.
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Old 09-12-2012, 11:43 AM   #3
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I looked into the Dodge Nitro before buying the Liberty. The dodge does not have a transfer case and cannot betowed4 down. I would be scared of the dolly as well.
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Remco states 'Trailer Only'. No dolly, no flat tow.
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It pulls just fine, and owners manual also says it is towable, that was not the question!!! I want to take the key out of the ignition switch while the tranny is in neutral.
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Old 09-16-2012, 11:25 PM   #6
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As far as the key, you should be able to put it into the unlock, but not on position if it has one.
but as far as towing, everthing I have read is not to tow except on a trailer if NOT the manual tranny.
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Again I have pulled the Nitro on a Dolly for over 12,000 miles and it is just fine. Leaving the Nitro neutral. This works but some of the electrical systems stay on and after several days the Battery runs down. This creates other problems like locking up the tranny as in park. Toyota's have a button you can push while the sifter is in neutral that lets you turn the key to the off position. I'm asking if there is anyone that uses a dolly and the Nitro (auto) 4wd, selectable 2wd-4wd can this be done?? Disconnecting the battery also will lock up the tranny so it's like in park. I made a wiring harness that I run from the Generator compartment to the battery. Like to still be able to turn the electronics off. Thanks
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