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New owner, 4x4 Laredo towed rear end up, worried.

Hi, new user here. I recently had my 2008 Grand Cherokee Laredo 4x4 towed to the dealer for a P0306 error. Turns out a new set of plugs was required and is good now. When the tow truck arrived, I asked him if it required to be flat-bed towed/dollied, he told me he's been doing this for X number of years and he'll throw the dollies on if required. I took his word for it, not being sure at the time the deal with Quadra-Trac I was. He towed it rear end up, front wheels on the ground, no dollies, and the transmission in neutral.

The distance towed was about 7km/4.3 miles. When I came back from the dealer and read up on it, I learned it's full-time and that it should always be flat bed or dollied. I'm worried now he caused damage by not properly towing it.

Should I be worried for such a short distance tow at about 50kmh/30mph?

Right now it seems to be driving ok, but anything the vehicle does now I'm paranoid about, and I'm noticing the smallest things and worrying about it.

Any advice would be much appreciated, and if I should be looking for anything in particular while driving it.

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Old 01-02-2013, 08:32 PM
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Re: New owner, 4x4 Laredo towed rear end up, worried.

It was totally the incorrect way to tow it. No doubt... He should have known better and sounds like he wouldn't have cared if he did do damage.
However, it sounds like you got lucky. If it's driving ok then more than likely no damage was done. Probably because it was such a short distance.

I honestly didn't think anyone other than repo guys and tractor trailer tow companies used those types of trucks anymore....
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Re: New owner, 4x4 Laredo towed rear end up, worried.

I'm pretty sure you're right I hope some others chime in that know this system better. I think it could be safe in neutral, but from what I know right now he wouldn't have taken mine.
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The "N" position on the quadratrac shifter is for towing the vehicle with wheels on the ground...

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Re: New owner, 4x4 Laredo towed rear end up, worried.

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The "N" position on the quadratrac shifter is for towing the vehicle with wheels on the ground...

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This is true, but I don't think Quadra-Trac 1 has a neutral position for the transfer case.

On the one or two occassions I have needed a tow, I always let them know that I require a flatbed when first calling...even though I have QD-II system with a neutral position, why give them the opportunity to not do things properly!

Regardless, I agree with the previous post - if there was any damage you would know by now. With it being such a short distance, I am sure you are fine.
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Re: New owner, 4x4 Laredo towed rear end up, worried.

Thanks for all the information, keeping my fingers crossed. I'll updated this thread if anything new occurs.
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The "N" position on the quadratrac shifter is for towing the vehicle with wheels on the ground...

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No neutral position or shifter on the qt1 transfer case.....


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Good to know...my qt2 is all I have experience with

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Re: New owner, 4x4 Laredo towed rear end up, worried.

there is no way to set it to "N", the guy towed the truck wrong plain and simple. Call the tow place, let them know you told him not to do it, he did it anyways. Protect someone else from having the same ignorant driver.
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Re: New owner, 4x4 Laredo towed rear end up, worried.

i work for Rescue Towing in San Diego CA and i drive a 06' F550 Eagle Claw


in the secoing pic my truck is on the left
anyway i would have dollied your jeep from either front or back and used portable dollies on the other side so none of the tires ever touch the ground...if ur jeep has any issuse make note and call the owner of the company and see if thwey will make it right by paying for fixes...if not yopu need to start a lawsuit...garunteed that you will win for the reason he needs to know how to tow if not he should have not been in a truck or should have had someone more experienced with him.
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Re: New owner, 4x4 Laredo towed rear end up, worried.

make copies of the page in the manual that states the proper method for towing if possible get an email address for the company, email it all to them and inform them of there mistake, and youre intention to seek compensation if any damage is discovered down the road. hopefully they will reply and you than have a paper trail to take to small claims court if the need arises. i once had a k5 blazer repoed (the payment had been made) and i witnessed them front towing it, when i went to recover it i made them sign on the reciept that they had front towed it just to cover my butt. never had any problems though (the manual did state no front towing without removal of the front shaft)
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