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post #1 of 3 Old 08-10-2010, 02:06 PM Thread Starter
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Towing on a dolly

Moving from Denver down to Phoenix. Renting a Penske truck and the only towing option they have for an '08 Liberty is the tow dolly (they say the car carrier can't handle the Liberty's weight).

I've seen the answers both ways on this question:
Do I have to disconnect the rear drive shaft to do this, or will putting everything into neutral be okay? The owner's manual is confusing. Called Jeep and they said everything in neutral while keeping the drive shaft was "strongly not recommended". Penske says the drive shaft has to be disconnected. Forum posts say both ways. Help??

If the drive shaft does need to be disconnected, how is that done? I don't have any special tools and absolutely no vehicle repair/configuration experience. Anyone have diagrams/step-by-step instructions I could follow?

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post #2 of 3 Old 10-11-2010, 11:56 AM
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I've towed my 2008 Liberty 4x4 auto trans thousands of miles behind my motor home, 4-wheels-down (no dolly), no problem. This capability is a feature of this and some other Jeep models.

The vehicle manual explains how to put the trans in true neutral (via tiny button on shifter plate). But I believe this is only possible with 4x4 and certain auto trans.

When I first started, I also called Jeep for confirmation. They were clueless about how the vehicle actually operates, all they could do was read verbatim the same manual page I told them I already read. And they understood not one word of my additional questions. Clueless.
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post #3 of 3 Old 10-11-2010, 12:02 PM
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I have always heard towing with 2 wheels on a dolly and 2 on the ground is bad for the transfer case even in neutral. I had to tow my Jeep about 40 miles on a dolly and did not remove the rear shaft (manual trans), that was 2 years and 30k miles ago with not t case issues.
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