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Old August 15th, 2008, 08:36 PM
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Question Flat Towing/Dolly - Auto D90

I have searched the forum extensively and found a few threads with info regarding this, but no solid conclusions for an automatic. Any advice you can offer would be greatly appreciated. I would love to know all my options before Moab. Thanks in advance!

If a car hauler is not an option...

For an automatic, is there a fool-proof way to ensure that the truck is not damaged or exposed to extensive wear using either of these methods for a long-haul (ie. 2000 miles) ?

FLAT TOWING or DOLLYING

1.) I would love a definitive answer about the "procedure" for doing it correctly for an auto.
2.) What are the "disadvantages" or potential hazards of each.
3.) Will either method add miles to the odometer?

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Old August 15th, 2008, 08:51 PM
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To flat tow, just undo your drive shafts at the diffs, tie the loose end securely up out of the way, and you are good to go. No problem with the auto box and no miles added to the speedo. With a tow dolly, you would only need to disconect the drive shaft from the axle that is on the road.

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Old August 16th, 2008, 12:46 AM
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OK. The diff. should be disengaged, but should the gearbox be in "P" or "N" ? I have seen both recommended in other posts:

http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...eferrerid=1953
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OK. The diff. should be disengaged, but should the gearbox be in "P" or "N" ? I have seen both recommended in other posts:

http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...eferrerid=1953
If the shaft is removed it won't matter what gear the trans is in since it won't be turning.
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Old August 16th, 2008, 02:46 AM
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He means "UNBOLT" at the diff. ...........

You are better to unbolt the driveshafts.
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Old August 16th, 2008, 01:59 PM
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That makes sense. Thanks.
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Old August 18th, 2008, 04:46 PM
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I don't have the manual with me, but I'm pretty sure all you need to do is put the transfer case in Neutral.
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I don't have the manual with me, but I'm pretty sure all you need to do is put the transfer case in Neutral.
Not if you dolly it.
When flat towing maybe, there is something about making sure the lubrification happens when the engine is off and other posts are addressing this.
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Old August 20th, 2008, 07:59 AM
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Look at your owner's manual. I flat-towed an RRC home this weekend. Transfer case in neutral and transmission in neutral, that was what the manual said. I have seen other people say transfer case in neutral, transmission in park, depends upon what type transfer case you have.

FWIW when I pull my Series I pull the driveshafts at the diffs too.
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Old August 21st, 2008, 12:53 PM
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I got the manual open. For flat towing, transfer case and transmission in neutral, diff and steering column unlocked.

For suspended towing, disconnect the driveshaft, unlock the steering, but scure the steering wheel in the straight position.
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