I have just purchased a Universal bumper-mount tow bar from JC Whitney, which says it bolts to most flat bumpers. We are moving across country and will be making the final move in an RV, hopefully towing our 2003 Jeep Wrangler, manual transmission.
Here's what I 'think' we have to do to tow:
1. Unlock the steering wheel
2. Put the main drive in Neutral
3. Keep the manual stick in a gear such as third
Is that all we need to do?
I cannot seem to find a lot of info on towing with a tow bar, but a ton on how to tow on a flatbead or with a dolly.
"When approaching a four-way stop, the vehicle with the largest tires always has the right of way"
2004 TJ, Auto w/ OD, 4.0L, Off-Road 36x13.5 Super Swamper IROK's on MT Classic II Rims, SYE, CV Driveshaft, 4:56 Gears, ARB Locker, 3.5" RE Superflex, 2" Body Lift, JKS Quicker Disco's, 9,000# Winch, Toys-by-Troy step-sliders, The Source OBA. And lots more....
I tow my 2000 wrangler all over the place. It has 42k driving miles on it and probably has gone nearly that far by being towed also. (They also do not rack up mileage on the odometer by being towed either)
Follow the 3 steps listed below and you will have no problems.
1. Place transfer case in NEUTRAL
2. Place manual transmission in gear. (I use 1st gear)
3. Unlock the steering wheel to where it free wheels (but not turned to where the accesory power is on.)
you might as well put your transmission in nuetruel as well, why take a chance on not having your transfer case completely out of gear. I have found no just cause to leave your transmission in gear.
If your t-case goes into gear and the tranny is in N, your tranny will be toast. There is no internal lubrication going on in the tranny if being driven from the output side. That is why you leave it in gear or park for auto. Not fun if it happens, but better to have a tire lock up than get somewhere and have no transmission (not necessarily from a safety point, but a mechanical one).
Hmmmm, toasted tranny or nasty accident with toasted Jeep and or toasted engine and or blown diffs and or......
Since the chance is so small and my trips usually short I'll stick with it in Neutral until someone gives a better reason !!!
I need a justification for that 700R4 or NSG370 or NP4500 anyways
Theoreticaly, with the t-case in N you still could get some turning of the output shaft on the tranny. Not likely, but damage could happen. When I flat tow, I do it with the t-case in N and the tranny in park. Why, because that is the way it was designed to be done. Says so in the owners manual.