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Posted: 10/20/15 08:48am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Suzuki and Trackers the transfer case must be in neutral.
OPs dragging vehicle did not have transfer case in neutral. That is why he drug the rig.
Manual transmission book says in second gear with transfer case in neutral.


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I bought a used Sidekick (auto, 4wd) with about 30k miles on it. I towed it using the exact procedure from the owner's manual. The gear train was still in great shape after 125k when I sold it. Transfer case in neutral, trans in park. Every 200 miles started engine, put trans in drive and ran for at least 1 minute. Turned off engine, put trans back in park. Yes, you have to wait for the trans shaft to stop turning before putting back in park. I would leave the driver's door open during the procedure to make sure I didn't forget to put it back in "tow" mode before driving off.


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Posted: 10/21/15 05:35pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

rockhillmanor wrote:

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I'm worried about screwing up the Geo transmission by flat towing it wrong. Can anyone shed any light on the proper transmission position, and if it is supposed to be Park, why do you think mine dragged?


LOCK OUT HUBS. (located on the axles on the wheel[emoticon])

Do you have ''automatic'' lock out hubs or ''manual'' lock out hubs.?

If you have auto you have to replace them with manual lock out hubs to tow four down.

You can NOT tow 4 down with automatic lock out hubs.

It's an easy swap to change, albeit I had an RV shop do the work.

And YES the trans shift lever has to be in PARK.


I have two Suzuki's, a 1995 Sidekick, 4X4 w/ AT and manual hubs, the 2006 GV is 4X4 w/AT and auto engage hubs. The manual for the 95' states to unlock the hubs, the manual for the 06' says that you don't have to do anything to the hubs. Actually, the autohubs engage automatically after you change the transfer case to 4H locked and disengage when you change the transfer case to 4H unlock and back up the first time. No need to change to warns or other manual hubs.


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Posted: 10/21/15 05:56pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

On later models there is a vacuum line that operates the front differential and not the hubs.

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