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Drive Shaft Not Removed While Towing

My brother towed a 94 Grand Cherokee without removing the drive shaft. The rear wheels locked up on him and he had to remove the drive shaft to continue the trip. I reinstalled the shaft to get the vehicle off the dolly. I managed to get it moving enough to get it off the dolly but it didn't want to move. There was a grinding sound from the rear. I'm trying to figure out if this is a transmission issue or is it compacted bearings in the rear differential? What are important steps in repairing this issue?

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Might be a transfer case issue since you were able to tow it home

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One the spline end there will be a keyway type spline one that is a different size than the rest. Make sure that is lined up before anything. Once you have the shave mostly in place i normally put the U-Joint in place and then pull or push the middle of the driveshaft to make both ends line up. Once you have all the slack out of the driveshaft and U-Joint tighten the bolts and make sure your fluid is full.

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Yes, because it will turn the transmission while you are towing. The problem is that the trans will not be getting any lubrication while it turns. Hope this helps.

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I have a Suzuki Jimmy manual 4x4 year 2002 can I flat tow it on a Aframe behind a motorhome


welcome to USA forum
the country with not ONE< JIMNY,
but i can answer
there are 4 ways to tow this is but 1.
backwards towing is best way or drop rear drive shaft (ask)
flat tow 101:
the Jimny is SJ413 here,called Samurai.
the transfer case sets this rule (most rear device)
that rules is dont flat tow it, more that 200 miles
the rear bearing has no lube actions towed
here is the near same transmissions.

and rules (of xfr case)
ill quote my 2001 Vitara, (same setup.)

Follow these steps:
1. Set the parking brake.
2. Shift your automatic transmission into PARK (P), or
your manual transmission to SECOND (2).
3. With the ignition key in the ON position, move the
transfer case to NEUTRAL and make sure the 4WD
light on the instrument panel cluster is off. See
"Four-Wheel Drive" in the Index.
4. Turn the ignition key to ACC to unlock the
steering wheel.
5. Release the parking brake
If you tow your four-wheel-drive vehicle from
the front, make sure to move the transfer case
into NEUTRAL or your vehicle could be badly
damaged and the damage would not be covered
by your warranty.
Stop towing every 200 miles (300 km) and start the
engine. Leave the transfer case shift lever in
NEUTRAL. Shift your automatic transmission to
DRIVE (D); leave a manual transmission in
SECOND (2) with the clutch engaged. Run the engine at
medium speed for one minute to circulate oil in the
transfer case. Turn the ignition key to ACC. Now, you
can continue towing your vehicle.
The front wheels transmit shocks during towing.
The steering column may not be strong enough to
withstand the shocks. Always unlock the steering
wheel before towing.
Make sure that the towing speed does not
exceed 50 mph (80 km/h), or your vehicle could
be badly damaged
end direct quote operators guide .....
got that?

not how the 5speed box is in 2nd.
this is to keep it from spinning, and its rear bearing damaged.
there are 2 bearings to worry the rear 5sp and rear transfer case.

on ours, we use an electric oil'er pump added to transfer case.
unlimited tow. (wires power feed from RV via coupler.)
or the drives shaft decoupling device, (not cheap)
or we drop the rear, of prop shaft, and tie up the rear up high
so it cant drop nor let it fall of rear of transfer cases
we use bunji cords, for up,
and then pull the front,
if the prop shaft falls out, you will lose GL4 gear lube out rear
of the transfer case. it falls out so very easy, off that spine.
there are all ways flat,
done them all.,

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I am towing my 2001 jeep grand cherokee 4x4 in a tow dolly. Do I need to disconnect the rear drive shaft before towing?


Yes, because it will turn the transmission while you are towing. The problem is that the trans will not be getting any lubrication while it turns. Hope this helps.

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Hi, you should rent a tow dolly from U-Haul. Pulling with a tow bar in neutral that far will most likely mess up the transmmission. If it front wheel drive a dolly will do, no need for a full trailer. U-Haul will ask for car specs and give you the correct device. I've used them, costs about $100 per 350 miles, or the like.......Mike

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I am looking for something to tow behind my motorhome. I have found a 1999 Jeep Cherokee Sport automatic 2WD. Can it be towed 4 wheels down without disconnecting the driveshaft?


2 wheel drive vehicles can be towed with all four whells on the ground for extended distances. Chrysler recommends a max speed of 30 MPH, but I know these vehicles can be towed at higher MPH. The 4x4 model Jeeps are the vehicles that are not recommended to be towed with all for wheels on the ground, but I know this too has also been done, but with drive shaft removal.

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Need to tow a 1993 S10 Blazer w/ electronic 2/4 WD control - NO battery - with low/no trans fluid. Will the vehicle be in true neutral without battery or will the trans get rotation and risk of seizing?


yes being elctronic no power = 2wd But if your putting on a wrecker or dolly rear tires need to be off ground and there no need to put tranny in neutral
in case of towing with rear tires on ground drive shaft needs to be removed because even in neutral gears in tranny will still turn but there be no oil circulating
This is true for all cars and trucks 2wd or 4wd
but on front wheel drive it front wheels u need to worry about

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yes but make sure you don't in gauge the front axle

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In what manor can u tow a 1993 infiniti 20. car was in an accedent front end damage,how far& how fast can u tow with a wheel lift rear wheel drive. towing front wheels of ground.


to tow with front off the ground on rear wheel drive, make sure the drive shaft is disconnected. Then you can tow as far as you want

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Can i tow 94 subaru legacy awd with a tow dolly


Not true. If you have the fuse in place to disconnect the rear wheels it is safe to tow on a dolly. Subaru recommends not more than 40 MPH and only for short distance if it is an automatic. Manual may be towed longer distance. Have a great day.

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1997 nissan pathfinder


No!!! Do not tow.
Unless it is a very, very short distance...do not tow. Are there lock out hubs on front? If yes, unlock them, and then remove the rear drive shaft from the rear end. If you can unlock the front hubs, then this will prevent the front differential from turning the front drive shaft to the transfer case. Then you can disconnect the rear drive shaft, and hang it somehow up high against the body so that it will NOT be HIT by the spinning connector yoke on the rear end. Leaving the drive shaft in the transfer case will prevent the loss of oil. BUT......It is critical that it completely clears the spinning yoke on the rear end... or else it will be damaged and may damage other things also. It is also important to remember that as you tow, the vehicle bounces up and down, so there needs to be several inches of clearance between the drive shaft and the connector yoke on the rear end. . If you do not have lock out hubs in the front, then disconnect the front shaft from the front end and hang it also. Use PB Blaster or similar oil to ease the process. If towing on a tow dolly, then you need to only remove the rear shaft. Be careful and make sure that whatever you use to hang the shaft is sturdy.

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