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Old November 8th, 2008, 09:40 PM   #1
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My mom and step-father bought a '02 4x4 Ranger w/ push button four wheel drive that they intend to pull behind their motorhome w/ a tow bar. My question is how do you tow it when there is no neutral button, so how do you put the tranfercase in neutral for towing purposes?
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Old November 8th, 2008, 10:53 PM   #2
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Don't think you can without pulling the drive shaft.
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Old November 9th, 2008, 12:49 AM   #3
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There is no neutral, there is a modification for "tricking" it into neutral, but these are the best solutions I can offer, aside from puling the driveshaft.

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The electric-shifted T-cases DO have a neutral, but you have to pull the shifter motor off the back of the case, then spin the shaft into a position between 4HI and 4LO (it does have a detent for it, at least on the 1354 I checked). For whatever reason, someone at Ford didn't see fit to design the electronic control module to make any use of this neutral position.
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There is also a flat-tow kit from Ford, which I believe is some sort of electrical gizmo that allows the electric-shift transfer cases to be shifted into neutral with the push of a button.
And be sure to keep the transmission in gear (manual) or park (automatic).
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thanks for your help, I'll let my step-father know.
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Old November 11th, 2008, 05:57 PM   #5
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My step-father called a local Ford dealer and asked about the flat tow kit and the parts guy said they don't make nothing like that. I told him to call some other Ford dealers.
Do you have a different name for it, or a part #?
Also, does he have to change the auto hubs to manual lock-out style hubs?
Thanks for any help on this
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Old November 11th, 2008, 06:01 PM   #6
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does it specify how to flat tow in the owner's manual? I thought if you just take off the front driveshaft and but it in N you're good to go. Could be wrong
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My understanding is that this is a electric T-case. If he had a manual 1354 T-case he could just stick the T-case in neutral and forget about it, which can be swapped in with little difficulty. The nice thing about the Ranger T-cases is that they're all interchangeable with each other. He would need the later version, while not super common, there are manual 1354's out there. The difference between the new and old is basically just the front output, the older having a slip yoke, while the newer being fixed yoke.

The hubs shouldn't make a difference. Either will function as normal as far as towing is concerned.

I really don't have any info better than what was posted.

Building an electrical thingamajig to stick it in neutral from scratch will likely be far more trouble than just unbolting the rear driveshaft.

The front driveshaft shouldn't matter.
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1) Hubs don't matter - they are vacuum actuated (as far as I know they still are) and remain "unlocked" unless told to lock by the 4WD ECU.

2) Pulling the R-drive shaft is the best bet, as the T-case doesn't have a specific "N" shift location....if you pull the shift motor off the back of the T-case, there are 3 detented positions that it can be shifted in to (uses a worm gear I believe, but in any regard, the "shifter" must be rotated to change mode selection) which are 2wd, 4hi, and 4 lo.

While I don't know about the 'tow kit,' if you try a few dealers and they don't know about it, pulling the shaft is the best thing to do
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Yeah this is a electric shift t-case. The problem with pulling the drive shaft is that my step-father has had double knee replacement and doesn't get around to well.
This whole thing pisses me off because I told him to buy a truck with a manual shifted t-case just for this reason, but he said it was to good of a deal to pass up. Now I'm stuck trying to find a solution.
He asked me if he could tow it with it running it neutral, I said it should be alright; even though it kind of defeats the pupose.
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