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Shifting a 5.7 Hemi Overand into Neutral w/ Engine OFF

I've been reading the manual on how to shift my 2014 Overland w./ 5.7 Hemi & 8HP70 transmission into neutral for towing behind an RV, but I can't seem to figure it out without starting the engine.

It says to put vehicle into ON/RUN position, press the brake, shift shifter into N, and press the N button with a ballpoint pen.

But with the ignition in RUN and the brake depressed the shifter won't shift out of P.

I had to start the engine, press the brake, shift the lever into N, then press the N button. Once I stopped the engine and shifter the lever back into P, the vehicle remained in neutral.

This seems to me to be a huge inconvenience, should I ever not be able to start the vehicle (hopefully, this will never happen in its lifetime) and I had to push it out of the way.

So, how do you shift the shifter into N without starting it? Seems like an overly complicated system, IMO.

Also, how do you know if the vehicle has a one or two speed power transfer unit? According to the manual:

Quote:
Recreational Towing 4WD Models with 1-Speed Power Transfer Unit
Recreational towing is not allowed.

These models do not have a NEUTRAL (N) position in the power transfer unit.

NOTE: This vehicle may be towed on a flatbed or vehicle trailer provided all four wheels are OFF the ground.

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Re: Shifting a 5.7 Hemi Overand into Neutral w/ Engine OFF

I'd guess that 4wd low would be the second speed.

Another guess ... if you couldn't flat tow, you wouldn't have that little neutral button.


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Re: Shifting a 5.7 Hemi Overand into Neutral w/ Engine OFF

OK, my original post actually had quotes from the 2014 Cherokee manual, but the GC's manual reads almost the same:
Quote:
NEUTRAL Shift Procedure
1. Turn the ignition switch to the ON position, engine off.
2. Vehicle stopped, with foot on brake.
3. Place the transmission into NEUTRAL.
4. Hold down the NEUTRAL “pin” switch (with a pen, etc.) for four seconds until the LED light by the switch starts to blink indicating shift in progress. The light will stop blinking (stay on solid) when the NEUTRAL shift is complete.
5. Repeat Steps 1 to 4 to shift out of NEUTRAL.
But I still can't get the shift lever to shift into neutral when the engine is off.

Later in the manual, it lists to leave the engine running when setting the transfer case into neutral for towing.

Doesn't make sense to me.
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Re: Shifting a 5.7 Hemi Overand into Neutral w/ Engine OFF

The latter towing instructions:
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Shifting Into NEUTRAL (N)

Use the following procedure to prepare your vehicle for recreational towing.

1. Bring the vehicle to a complete stop, with the engine running.
2. Press and hold the brake pedal.
3. Shift the transmission into NEUTRAL.
4. Using the point of aball point pen or similar object,press and hold the recessed transfer case NEUTRAL (N) button (located by the selector switch) for four seconds. The light behind the N symbol will blink, indicating shift in progress. The light will stop blinking (stay on solid) when the shift to NEUTRAL (N) is complete.
5. After the shift is completed and the NEUTRAL (N) NOTE:light stays on, release the NEUTRAL (N) button.
6. Shift the transmission into REVERSE.
7. Release the brake pedal for five seconds and ensure that there is no vehicle movement.
8. Shift the transmission into PARK. Turn the engine OFF and remove the key fob.
9. Firmly apply the parking brake.
10. Attach the vehicle to the tow vehicle using a suitable tow bar.
11. Release the parking brake.
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Re: Shifting a 5.7 Hemi Overand into Neutral w/ Engine OFF

If the engine was disabled and you needed to push or tow it out of the way, there is a manual park release under a cover in the center storage bin. I had to use it once to get my GC onto a flatbed when a trans cooler line puked all the fluid out and it wouldn't shift out of park, engine running or not.

It isn't advisable to move the Jeep long distances like this since the transmission is placed in neutral, not the transfer case. It's just a release for the electric park pawl.
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