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post #1 of 7 Old 06-29-2013, 07:57 PM Thread Starter
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can a 4.0 6cyl. tow another car

I am planning a trip to NY from CA and was wondering if my Jeep would make it while towing a compact car on a hitch.or is this to much strain for a six cyl. ? New to Jeeps so just asking before i go buy a tow package.

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post #2 of 7 Old 06-29-2013, 08:01 PM
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If you flat tow,i think you will be ok but,how are you gonna deal with rockies?i think that will be your roughest point
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You want to tow a car across the country with a 16 year old Jeep with a 4.0 Six, right?
On a dolly? Forget it. Have the car shipped. A compact car can weigh up to 3000 lbs and a proper trailer for car hauling is about 1500. There you're up to 4500. On the flat it will pull it but if the trailer brakes do not work perfectly, you will not be able to stop trust me on that. I pulled that much with no trailer brakes with my 98 ZJ a couple of times and its very dangerous. The ZJ brakes cannot stop more than about 1000 lbs in addition to its own weight. Then there's the cooling system and auto trans. Its just NOT a good idea, and I have towed with my 98 a lot, but upgraded many things(shocks, brakes tires, air bags in the rear coils added trailer brakes, etc) to make it safe at towing. My 07 WK Hemi tows the same load effortlessly.

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I'll be going through the bottom of the states so i won't hit rockies.

Yea i guess since its such a far distance i won't chance it.but ima get the tow pack anyway.once i move back to NY and find a good project car i can tow it home.

So conclusion yes it can be done just don't try going cross country.
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If you find one with lower gearing (higher numerically that is) that would make it a lot easier. And on flat-ish ground while maintaining moderate speeds, the power of the engine might get you there in one piece.
But I'd be skeptical of the most important part, as LouC brought up. And that's the brakes. I don't have that kind of experience with them, but it sounds like he does and has not come away impressed.
There might be a reason that the hitch my friend's has on it is the smaller variety. They usually have a max-tow rating of 2500 to 3500 lbs if I'm remembering correctly. But consult the owners manual too, just to see what they're rated at.
The rating might even change with the optional gear ratios.

I don't remember seeing a "heavy-duty brake" option in my travels, but it might exist too.

Good luck either way.

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post #6 of 7 Old 06-29-2013, 08:54 PM Thread Starter
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Yea i decided to not play around and take the ride with no tow. I appreciate the info.
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post #7 of 7 Old 06-29-2013, 10:17 PM
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if you had electric brakes on the trailer you would be fine. i dragged a big 69 pontiac on a u haul car trailer (6000lb total) with my ZJ. those trailers just have surge brakes, and it still had no problem stopping.

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