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Unread 03-30-2004, 10:23 PM   #1
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99 Cherokee...a good tow vehicle?

I was thinking about using my 99 Cherokee as a tow vehicle to tote around my Grand Am (on a trailor) for going to some out of state car shows this year. Would the 4.0 and its drive line be up to it or is that asking a little too much for long distance, highway towing?

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Unread 03-30-2004, 10:52 PM   #2
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naahhh. It'll be okay. Just make sure the trailer brakes are in good shape. Gas mileage will probablly suck but hey, watcha gonna do?
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Unread 03-30-2004, 11:32 PM   #3
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It will be just fine....just make sure you have a tranny cooler and good brakes. It won't get any worse gas mileage than any other tow vehicle...
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Unread 03-31-2004, 07:47 AM   #4
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Do you have an auto tranny? if its manual you gonna have a tough time. And as they said, a tranny cooler would be a great addition if you don't already have one.

If its an auto, your gonna have to keep it in 3 alot, well at least I do. If you leave it in drive, the overdrive probably won't kick in and your rmps will be high, but if you need extra power or speed, 3 will go into overdrive and keepo the rpms down a little bit.

This is just what I've experienced when pulling 2 sleds, which wieghs in alittle over 1000+the trailer, so its not like pulling a car.

Some people also choose to run a heavier wieght fluid in the rear diff, and make sure your tranny fluid is lookin good. Te engine will be working pretty hard so an oil change before the drive might be a good idea too.
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Unread 03-31-2004, 08:26 AM   #5
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a grand am is one thing...with a tranny cooler, new brakes and stuff, could a 4.0 tow a 3600 pound camaro plus trailer???

i've been really hesitant to try towing my car out to the track (bout 60 miles) because i didnt think the 4.0 had it in it...it sure would be nice to be able to launch the hell out of the car though and not have to worry about driving it home intact...
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Unread 03-31-2004, 08:44 AM   #6
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What is the rating on your hitch, that is alot of weight and its going to be serios strain on the vehicle. Might be time to get a pickup truck or something
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Unread 03-31-2004, 09:16 AM   #7
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thanks for the replys guys. I don't have any of the towing equipment now, I'm just trying to take into consideration all aspects before I just went ahead and did it.
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Unread 03-31-2004, 09:20 AM   #8
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thanks for the replys guys. I don't have any of the towing equipment now, I'm just trying to take into consideration all aspects before I just went ahead and did it.

The Jeep is an auto trans and is all stock, no other power adders, no tranny cooler. Would I definately need a tranny cooler? I don't want to do any damage anything, but for the amount of trailoring I would be doing with it I don't know if it would be that necessary.
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Unread 03-31-2004, 09:58 AM   #9
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In my opinion the Cherokee would work for your needs, but if your buying a vechile with that pulling purpose in mind, something bigger is what you want. But if you already have the cherokee and want to enlist it for towing duty, then it will work.

I haven't towed a car, but I have towed my familys inboard ski boat, i don't know the weight but it did tow it, it was laboring, but it towed it.

Also I pull my 3 seater jetski around all the time with no problems, but even that small amount of weight, maybe 800 lbs w/ tralier, causes me to need to drive in 3 up any hills or on the interstate if it gets hilly.

Anyways, ill stop babbling.
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i kind of figured a car was a bit much....

i like my jeep and im not planning on selling it for a gas guzzling 5.3 or 6.0L or something just to tow a damn car....



o well.....i guess i wont be bolting in the 150 hp nitrous kit anytime soon.....
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Unread 03-31-2004, 11:33 AM   #11
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i kind of figured a car was a bit much....

i like my jeep and im not planning on selling it for a gas guzzling 5.3 or 6.0L or something just to tow a damn car....



o well.....i guess i wont be bolting in the 150 hp nitrous kit anytime soon.....
Haha, you could always get a supercharger or turbo for that extra pulling power. I don't care how much people say thats ricey or whatever, a turbo charged Jeep would be awesome, especially to help spin the big tires on the highway. Nitrous might be a bit overkill though unless you doing hill climbs like those dune buggies that go up that volcanic ash. Those things are sweet
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Unread 03-31-2004, 01:03 PM   #12
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Would I definately need a tranny cooler?

Do not even think about towing without one.
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On the automatics, doesn't the radiator play a part in cooling the tranny?
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Unread 03-31-2004, 01:40 PM   #14
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On the automatics, doesn't the radiator play a part in cooling the tranny?
Yes, but it does a very poor job. A tranny cooler is a very good thing to have even if you don't tow. It will GREATLY increase the life of your transmission and the fluid.
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Unread 03-31-2004, 01:55 PM   #15
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I wish I had known about that before I towed that loaded down u-haul through the mountains of Tennessee. What brand do you guys recommend? I saw a bunch on J.C. Whitney.
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