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How to tow a 2003 5.7 liter dodge durango

I have towed a 2000 durango with my motor home but I replaced it with a 2003 5.7 liter durango. I do not remember if I disconnected the batt while towing so I could keep the key in the ignition and allow the wheels to follow. This model also has a switch that switches between 4 wheel drives h /l or neutral. If I disconnect the battery will the neutral selection be removed causing problems.

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  • rjdev Dec 30, 2008

    Hi all,

    Thanks for the info. After all when I returned home from my business trip I looked up the information in the operators manual and they had the exact procedure.

    turn off the engine

    Turn the key to the on position (engine not running)

    Keep your foot on the brake

    place the car into Neutral

    On the 4 wheel selector switch use a ball point pen to press the small button next to the neutral position for 4 seconds until the neutral light comes on.

    Start the engine and test the reverse and drive positions. insure transmission is disconnected.

    turn off the engine and place the engine into park.

    Place the key to the central off position but steering is unlocked.

    connect car to RV. This has worked well and the battery does not need to be disconnected. I have driven to California from Texas without problems.

    To reengage xmission turn off engine. place selector to neutral position. put foot on brake. Turn car key to the on position but do not start car. Press button next to Neutral position for one second until neutral light goes off. Start car put car into drive / reverse and test. car is returned to normal.

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I am glad you asked
thats i the problem with the electronic select FWD system
when towing a FWD you should put both selectors in neutral this frees the transfer case and the drive shafts
how ever with the electronic system i dont know if it stays in neutral when the car is disconnected from the battery.
so you can make some tryles

  1. put the car in neutral in both selectors "gear and FWD" while the car is running when all the warning bell and stuff have gone off turn off the car
  2. now see if the car can be pushed or towed while the battery is connected
  3. now disconnect the battery and follow step 2
  4. if this works then all is well
i know when towing a FWD car u do need to put the transfer case in neutral to prevent damage
if you have the owners manual check under towing
if you don't, contact your local dealer and see what they say
hope this helps
ricko

Posted on Dec 27, 2008

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