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 10/9/2003 8:28 PM
 
We just purchased a 2002 Jeep Liberty which we plan to tow 4 down behind our class A motorhome.
After following the procedure in the owners manual for RV towing, we find that the front drive train is still engaged and is rotating while traveling. We had assumed that when the transfer case is NOT in 4 wheel high range or 4 wheel low range (such as automatic hubs), the front drive train components were disengaged from the front wheels.
Now we know this assumption is incorrect. I know this needlessly increases the rate of wear of the front end drive train while towing plus it also results in extra cost.
Question is: does anyone know of a 3rd party supplier of "lock out hubs" or similar product for the Jeep Liberty ?
thanks,
Gilbert Belk

Best Regards, Gilbert Belk
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 10/10/2003 7:08 AM
 
I have a Grand Cherokee, not a Liberty, so my "knowledge" may be off base, but I'll bump this up so that someone with a Liberty can respond. I had thought that the Liberty had a transfer case with a N or Neutral, like the other 4WD Jeeps. Is this not the case? If it does have a Neutral position for the transfer case lever, then I'd say there was something wrong with the transfer case if the front drivetrain was still functioning when the transfer case lever was in Neutral. The MotorHome listing includes the Liberty as towable with automatic, so I gather from that that the transfer case does have a Neutral. Have you checked with a dealer? Dutch Hebron, MD
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 10/10/2003 8:53 AM
 
I have owned and towed a 2002 Jeep Liberty Limited 4X4 for almost two years. It is very simple to prepare to tow as follows: turn key to on position, put transmission in neutral, put transfer case in neutral, put transmission back in park, turn key to steering wheel unlock position, and you're ready to go.
I have towed it over 15,000 miles, and driven it another 18,000 miles with no problems. It also has a 100,000 mile warranty on the drivetrain.
Hope this helps!
Dick Owens
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 10/10/2003 12:05 PM
 
Thanks to all for your replies. I see that I did not state my question very well. Let me try once more.
I don't have any problems with the towing procedure. That works just fine. The transfer case does have a neutral position.
My question more directed toward normal driving of the Jeep Liberty, not towing it.
My problem is that I thought the Liberty had "automatic lock out hubs" which works like this: When in 4x4 mode, the hubs lock automatically. When not in 4x4 mode, the hubs automatically disengage which means as the jeep is driven down the road, the front axle and differential are not rotating.
My expectation goes back to previous 4x4 vehicles that I have owned, each of which had manual "lock out hubs". Now with the 2002 Liberty, I had assumed it had automatic lock out hubs. Now I know that it does not because the front axles, differential, and drive shaft rotate even when not in 4x4 mode.
My question is: does anyone know of product made for the Liberty that allows either manual or automatic lock out hubs ?? This product would reduce the unnecessary wear of the front end components during normal driving (2 wheel drive mode) and during towing behind a motorhome.
thanks in advance for any replies, Gilbert Belk

Best Regards, Gilbert Belk
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