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Old 06-03-2017, 03:20 AM   #1
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Flat towing my Toyota 4Runner 4wd Auto

OK there's a lot of misinformation flying around about how or if to flat tow, dolly tow or trailer the 4Runner 4wd. Obviously if people could afford a solid 2-axle car trailer with ramps, electric brakes etc this conversation would be over now. There's a million people with the incorrect notion that the front drive control shifter should be in N. In the manual for my 2000 4Runner SR5 Limited N, and L4, show that fronts are locked, Rears are locked and the transfer case is engaged. H4 disengages the transfer case while locks remain. H2 disengages the locks and is the mode the vehicle should always be in unless 4wd is callled for. So that's pretty important - front drive control in H2. Auto trans should never ever be towed with the rear wheels down. Transmission destruction is assured if this is not followed. This is where the idea comes from of disconnecting the rear driveshaft for flat tow or front wheel dolly tow and it is sound advice. So front drive in H2 - NOT N .... NEVER N. Rear driveshaft disconnect. Auto trans in N. Key in ACC mode. Your Toyota 4wd Auto can be towed in any configuration in this manner.
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Old 06-03-2017, 08:05 AM   #2
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why do you not want the Xfer case in Neutral?

I understand the need to pull the rear driveshaft unless your transmission has a rear-pump-lubricator (some do, check the owners manual for the vehicle)..

if the Rear driveshaft is out it seems 2H and N would be equal in the Xfer case as only the front driveshaft will be spinning..
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Contact your local Toyauto dealer.
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Old 06-04-2017, 02:01 PM   #4
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Hopefully the attachment works

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It shows the progression of engagement of locks/TC as the front drive control moves thru its positions. N is really the TC engagement position just before shifting to low range gearing. The point is ... that H2 is the position Toyota recommends for towing and everyday driving - because the least amount of driveline components are in play.
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Old 06-04-2017, 04:31 PM   #5
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Some of the people at yotatech.com should be able to help you.

I have locking hubs on my 4runner so flat towing is as simple as unlocking the hubs and removing the rear driveshaft. Not sure about your set up.
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