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Candy Girl 02-18-2011 11:27 AM

Flat towing
Folks, can any of you who purchased a 2011 Grand Cherokee Overland with a Quadra Track 2 drive system tell me what steps one has to go thru to put the Jeep in the flat towing mode? We currently tow our Jeep behind our motor home with all four tires on the ground. I know the new Jeep is towable, but I am wondering what steps we will have to go thru to do this. Thanks for your time and help!

blackpepper 02-18-2011 11:38 AM

Re: Flat towing
Open your owner's manual, girl :)

There should be a neutral button somewhere on the center console (if applicable). Follow the steps in your manual for proper towing.

blackpepper 02-18-2011 11:39 AM

Re: Flat towing
From the owner's manual:


Recreational Towing — Quadra-Trac I
(Single-Speed Transfer Case) Four-Wheel Drive
Recreational towing is not allowed. These models do
not have a NEUTRAL (N) position in the transfer case
NOTE: This vehicle may be towed on a flatbed or
vehicle trailer provided all four wheels are OFF the

Towing this vehicle in violation of the above requirements
can cause severe transmission and/or transfer
case damage. Damage from improper towing is not
covered under the New Vehicle Limited Warranty.

Recreational Towing — Quadra–Trac II
/Quadra–Drive II Four-Wheel Drive Models
The transfer case must be shifted into NEUTRAL (N) and
the transmission must be placed in PARK for recreational
towing. The NEUTRAL (N) selection button is adjacent to
the transfer case selector switch. Shifts into and out of
transfer case NEUTRAL (N) can take place with the
selector switch in any mode position.

GC's with Quadra-Trac I cannot be towed 4 down

iinsky 02-18-2011 11:45 AM

Re: Flat towing
Candy Girl,

It is very easy to set up for towing. PLEASE read the book the first
three or four times...then it's simple. You will need to keep a ball-point
pen available to push the tiny engage button. Also, remember to turn
off the ignition and remove the key when you're connected...otherwise
battery will certainly drain.

I'm not being evasive not giving you the short procedure...The book is
easy and important.


Candy Girl 02-18-2011 11:55 AM

Re: Flat towing
Thanks, folks. I found the site for the Grand Cherokee manual and looked this up. It says I have to remove the negative battery cable and secure it away from the terminal. How do I get to the battery since it is under the passenger seat and then how do I secure the cable away from the terminal????

I have not received my vehicle yet. It is in D1 status, so I have nothing to read, look at, or try.

Once again, thanks for the help!

blackpepper 02-18-2011 12:01 PM

Re: Flat towing
You can get to the battery very easily by moving the seat forward but removing the entire unit is another story. Then just tuck the cable away from the terminal so they don't come in contact with each other whatsoever.. whether that requires some intuitive thinking or not, I'm not sure.

When I wrench my WK, I just tuck the cable to the side of the battery and it's fine but if you're towing, it could shift while in transit so make sure that it's properly tucked away.

Candy Girl 02-19-2011 11:25 AM

Re: Flat towing
Do you folks have any suggestions as to what I could use to securely tuck away the negative battery cable so it will not move as the vehicle is being towed? I am afraid I am having a hard time thinking of anything that would be safe and not cause a spark, a fire, melt, etc. Any thoughts are greatly appreciated!

maxst2 02-19-2011 07:19 PM

Re: Flat towing
Get a rag, wrap it around the terminal then wrap it with duck tape/electrical tape.

Candy Girl 03-06-2011 08:48 PM

Re: Flat towing
Another question regarding flat towing. When I disconnect the negative cable, will I have to reprogram all of the electronics? Also, I see where Roadmaster has a quick disconnect for the battery cable. Would this be ok to install??? Thanks for the help!

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