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Old 09-07-2021, 07:53 PM   #15
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The problem is that some transfer cases when in neutral still connect the front and rear drive shafts together, prohibiting dolly towing.

I don't know about the Jeep transfer case though.

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The problem is that some transfer cases when in neutral still connect the front and rear drive shafts together, prohibiting dolly towing.

I don't know about the Jeep transfer case though.

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Logistically not if they have a 2wd option

AWD vehicles do have a viscous coupler in the transfer case that connects the front and rear drives but Iíve never seen one that was manually shiftable. And that coupler will burn up in just a few minutes of towing on a dolly unless you drop the rear driveshaft.
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Logistically not if they have a 2wd option

AWD vehicles do have a viscous coupler in the transfer case that connects the front and rear drives but Iíve never seen one that was manually shiftable. And that coupler will burn up in just a few minutes of towing on a dolly unless you drop the rear driveshaft.


Rob, you dont tow a Wrangler in 2wd. You tow it in N. Wranglers arenít to be towed on dollyís. Four down or a trailer. The owners manuals are clear and accurate.

There really isnít much more to discuss about dolly towing a Wrangler especially when the owners manual very clearly states not to do it.
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OP if youíre dead set on using your dolly, just disconnect the rear driveshaft to avoid any risk of something in the TC not getting enough splash lubricant. Its a 5 minute job.
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It should be noted that there are at least 3 types of 4WD.

Traditional, transfer case 4WD: I guess there could be some that are full-time 4WD, but I think these are all selectable by the driver. (up thru the JK Wrangler, this was what the Wrangler had.)

Automatic 4WD: Pretty much the same as above, but they monitor wheel conditions and engage the 4WD as needed. At least some of what I read would suggest that this system keeps part of the transaxle engaged, which I think could create additional issues with towing with a tow dolly, 2 wheels down, 2 wheels up.

- Not sure if Wrangler can be had with Auto-4WD. Might be a JL option.
- At least with GM vehicles that have the Auto-4WD option, you should be able to select 2WD, Neutral, traditional 4WD, and Auto-4WD.

All Wheel Drive, normally abbreviated as AWD. In these systems, all 4 wheels are always being driven. The system provides a certain percentage traction be transferred between the front and rear wheels depending on road conditions sensed. I don't think there would be a safe way to tow dolly one of these unless you can disengage the system that ties all 4 wheels together.

The Auto-4WD and AWD are totally different systems, but some people confused them because AWD seems like a very "automatic" version of 4WD.

Not sure this helps or hurts the understanding of the topic. I do not think the Wrangler is available in an AWD version. At least through the JK model, I do not think the Wrangler was available in an automatic 4WD version.
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