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Towing 04 Jeep Liberty.. 'Park' or 'Neutral'

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#1 jimbjimb



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Posted 24 March 2013 - 11:08 AM

I'm a little confused over various articles I've read. 


Most say you should put the transfer case in neutral, then shut off the engine and place vehicle in 'park', then turn ignition on to first click.  


Is there a reason why you would put the vehicle in 'park' to tow. 


It just doesn't seem natural.

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#2 desertdeals690


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Posted 24 March 2013 - 11:53 AM

Maybe if it is in park then the trans won't turn.

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Posted 24 March 2013 - 03:07 PM

I don't know the reason, but that's the way you do it. We have towed 5 Jeeps with automatic transmissions, including a Liberty, and that's how they all worked. (Except the last 2 didn't or don't have steering wheel locks, so no need to turn the key to the first click!)

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Posted 24 March 2013 - 10:36 PM

If the transfer case is in neutral, then the transmission is not connected to the drive train.  So the wheels would not be locked when in park or turned when in any gear by the transmission.  They are detached from each other when the transfer case is in neutral.  The key is placed into the first forward position so the wheels are free to turn left or right as you make corners while towing it.  If the front wheels aren't free to "follow" your coach through turns, then the front wheels will tend to be dragged sideways through the turns in order to follow your coach.

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Posted 25 March 2013 - 06:54 AM

Why not go by what the manual says?

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