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Unread 06-28-2011, 09:21 PM   #1
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Buying a used TJ Rubi that may have been towed wrong

Hi all. I'm looking at buying a 2006 Rubi with a manual tranny and 37k miles. It has been towed thousands of those miles on a tow dolly (front wheels on the dolly). Unfortunately, the owner towed it with the transfer case in 2H, but the tranny in neutral. I would like to know if this could have damaged the transfer case or the tranny. It drives nice now, but I'm a little concerned. Thanks for your opinions!

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Unread 06-29-2011, 12:25 AM   #2
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I have read on another forum (RV.net) that towing a TJ on a tow dolly will damage either the transfer case (if in Neutral) or the Transmission (if in 2H), but I cannot comment on first-hand experience.

However, I did want to mention that '05 and '06 TJ's do not put on miles while being towed (when the ignition is off). So the seller's comments that "It has been towed thousands of those miles on a tow dolly" is not likely to be true. Any towing miles will be in addition to the 37k on the odometer.
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Yes, it very well could have. Take it to a qualified mechanic to inspect before purchase.
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Unread 06-29-2011, 11:49 PM   #4
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Thank you for your comments. I will have a mechanic take a look first.
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Let us know how it turns out. I'd love to know what (if anything) was damaged by towing it on a dolly.
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Unread 07-07-2011, 08:56 PM   #6
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Bought the Jeep this past weekend. Everything seems fine. Shifts great. Changed the diff fluid and t-case fluid just for extra peace of mind.
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Congrats on the new Jeep. What did your mechanic say when you had it looked at?
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