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Re: just had to be towed. words of warning

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My favorite part is this quote: "Closing the armrest while the Manual Park Release is activated may damage the Manual Park Release mechanism, the transmission and the armrest."

Damn transmission-killing armrests.
I'm more wondering how many pulls that flimsy appearing interlock release can stand before you have to get very expensive service to replace it. Am surprised the OP managed a count of "once"

The manual does show how to stow it, but you'd think they'd include an arm rest prop rod if it is that sensitive.

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Re: just had to be towed. words of warning

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Or just get the right tow truck. There is no reason you shouldn't have all 4 wheels off the ground...

... and how would you propose it get onto the flatbed? Drag it up there?
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Old 12-05-2014, 03:12 PM
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Re: just had to be towed. words of warning

Hmm a lot of bad info in this thread.

Firstly, it took me all of one minute to find the procedure in the owners manual. That's why you keep an owners manual in the car.. There is nothing complicated about it.

Secondly, after lifting up on the cord to put the transfer case in neutral, it doesn't matter what position the transmission is in. The Vehicle is now able to roll freely and be towed. (4WD jeeps, not sure who buys 2WD ones or why).
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Re: just had to be towed. words of warning

For better towing, thats why!
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Re: just had to be towed. words of warning

On my '12 there is a little round cover underneath the rubber mat on the rear cup holder by the shifter. Under the cover is a button that releases the shifter (checked when I first bought it).

I suspect (but have not looked) that there is a lever on the side of the trans you can reach from underneath.

ps lots of Floridians buy 2wd GCs because they like it. Is what most dealers stock.
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Re: just had to be towed. words of warning

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Secondly, after lifting up on the cord to put the transfer case in neutral, it doesn't matter what position the transmission is in.
The section in my manual “What To Do In Emergencies: Manual Park Release – 8 Speed Transmission” seems to be a procedure to put the transmission in Neutral, not the transfer case (only the transmission has a “Park” position). Am I missing something?
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The section in my manual “What To Do In Emergencies: Manual Park Release – 8 Speed Transmission” seems to be a procedure to put the transmission in Neutral, not the transfer case (only the transmission has a “Park” position). Am I missing something?
Around that same section in the owner's manual it describes how to put the transfer case in neutral.
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Re: just had to be towed. words of warning

The only transfer case shift-to-neutral procedure I can find in my manual (8th ed) is under Recreational Towing. It seems to be an electrically powered shift, so presumably it would not function if the battery is dead. Unless I am missing something, I don't think there is a manual method that can be used when the battery is dead to get the transfer case into neutral (eg by pulling a cord).
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Re: just had to be towed. words of warning

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Yep - I would think that would be the case normally. But don't they make those dolly things that slip under the wheels too....but doubt many tow trucks carry them around.
If you're suggesting "dolly tow", I will note that this is disallowed for a 4x4 WK2 JGC.

"DO NOT dolly tow any 4WD vehicle. Internal damage to the transmission or transfer case will occur if a dolly is used when recreational towing."

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The only transfer case shift-to-neutral procedure I can find in my manual (8th ed) is under Recreational Towing. It seems to be an electrically powered shift, so presumably it would not function if the battery is dead. Unless I am missing something, I don't think there is a manual method that can be used when the battery is dead to get the transfer case into neutral (eg by pulling a cord).
Yes. Taking that fact in conjunction with the table on page 561 of the owner's manual, I am left to conclude that towing via flatbed is the only acceptable way to tow a 4x4 WK2 JGC with a disabled electronic shifter (dead battery, shifter failure, etc).
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Re: just had to be towed. words of warning

Or pull the driveshaft but they probably do not want the owner doing that. The issue is that the oil pump for the gearbox is usually on the input shaft and does not turn with the engine off so you risk dry bearings.

Back in the day I often had to flat tow vehicles and pulling the driveshaft was four nuts and a plug for the tranny.
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Back in the day I often had to flat tow vehicles and pulling the driveshaft was four nuts and a plug for the tranny.
Well, that would be a tense situation for me. I would probably send a non-flatbed tow truck away if the electronic shifter didn't work.

If there was no other alternative for some reason, I would use my cell phone to video the driver operating on my Jeep so I could bill them for any damage to my drivetrain or voided warranty/service contract.
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Re: just had to be towed. words of warning

If a tow operator isn't familiar with the GC's towing requirements, then finds out what they are when they arrive, I'm curious if any would refuse to tow one because they don't want to assume liability for damage?
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