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post #1 of 26 Old 09-29-2021, 02:48 AM Thread Starter
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OK to tow WJ in neutral with tow dolly?

Can someone tell me if it is safe to tow a WJ with a Selec Trac transfer case in neutral and the transmission in neutral on a tow dolly? Or do I need to drop the rear axle prop shaft? I will be towing it around 250 miles. I know some jeeps can be safely towed in neutral just not sure about the WJ and Selec Trac.

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Can someone tell me if it is safe to tow a WJ with a Selec Trac transfer case in neutral and the transmission in neutral on a tow dolly? Or do I need to drop the rear axle prop shaft? I will be towing it around 250 miles. I know some jeeps can be safely towed in neutral just not sure about the WJ and Selec Trac.

Thanks for any info or suggestions.
Drop the rear prop shaft GD.
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While we are on this topic, what about a WJ QDII Overland ?

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While we are on this topic, what about a WJ QDII Overland ?
If you have your front wheels up on a dolly, and drop the rear propshaft, the back axle is the only thing that turns Lead.
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post #7 of 26 Old 09-30-2021, 12:31 AM Thread Starter
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OK Thanks everyone. I will drop the rear axle shaft. Do I need to be concerned about trans fluid leaking out the rear of the transmission once I pull the rear yoke out of the transmission? Should I try to get some sort of plug to put back there?
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OK Thanks everyone. I will drop the rear axle shaft. Do I need to be concerned about trans fluid leaking out the rear of the transmission once I pull the rear yoke out of the transmission? Should I try to get some sort of plug to put back there? I suppose I can try to tie the shaft off also but if it came loose and fell while towing that would make a mess.
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If you will be towing with the front end lifted and the rear on the dolly as per WJ's post, you can leave the rear propshaft in place.

If you are towing with the front on the dolly, and the rear wheels on the road you need to remove the rear drive shaft.

Oil loss, drain before you leave, and refill when you get back.
Good idea to cover the hole while you are on the trip.

Is flat bed hire out of the question?
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Aah thanks guys I thought I remembered RVs towing WJs QDII in neutral. So the problem comes when using a dolly with front axle in the air. Good education men thank you!

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Aah thanks guys I thought I remembered RVs towing WJs QDII in neutral. So the problem comes when using a dolly with front axle in the air. Good education men thank you!
I guess the WJs on the back of RVs had their propshafts removed Lead.

The manual and the handbook tell us not to tow with road wheels turning.

I don't know exactly why we shouldn't tow with wheels turning; usually it has to do with the gear box & / or the transfer box not getting lubed.
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I have been towing my 02 WJ behind my motorhome for the last 19 years with no issues. I tow it on all 4. Key in ignition and turn one click towards Run. The first key position unlocks the steering and both shift levers. To tow, put the transfer case in Neutral and the transmission in Park. Most states will require you to have an auxiliary braking system in the Jeep that is activated when you hit the brakes on the towing vehicle. If this is a one time deal to take it with you I recommend renting a flat bed trailer to tow the WJ on. If you're going to regularly tow it get a good tow bar like Roadmaster and an aux brake system.

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I recall a lot of guys flat towing these things (that’s why they bought them in the first place). We flat towed a TJ so I haven’t personally. Irv2 is a great site for info from an RVers standpoint

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I am at a loss on why you are not supposed to guys...

I went ahead and dropped the rear propshaft and towed mine home just to be safe after all the comments I got earlier. It does seem to me that if you put the transmission in neutral and the transfer case in neutral nothing should be turning.
The only other thing I can think of is perhaps the clutches / joints in the axels or something in the transfer case is not getting fluid or cooled if you tow that way? I am somewhat at a loss why this should matter but I don't know how everything in the drive train interacts with the transmission and transfer case in neutral.
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I went ahead and dropped the rear propshaft and towed mine home just to be safe after all the comments I got earlier. It does seem to me that if you put the transmission in neutral and the transfer case in neutral nothing should be turning.
The only other thing I can think of is perhaps the clutches / joints in the axels or something in the transfer case is not getting fluid or cooled if you tow that way? I am somewhat at a loss why this should matter but I don't know how everything in the drive train interacts with the transmission and transfer case in neutral.
The machinery between neutral and the propshafts is turning when you have 4 wheels on the floor GD.

It's similar when you only have 2 wheels on the floor.

Could be there's risk that it won't get enough oil?

Could be it's left over from a manual about an earlier drive system.
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