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Posted: 02/07/19 11:29am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If this has been posted before I could not find it.

I would like to buy a Ranger for a future toad. I Googled it but got too many mixed answers.

Please advise if this is correct.

A RWD Ranger with manual transmission can be towed in neutral with no problems.

A RWD with auto transmission you need a driveline disconnect.

A 4X4 with either transmission needs a transfer case pump as there is no neutral on the transfer case.

Checking the owners manual would be the best but rigs this old with the manuals are scarce.

Thanks......DJ


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Lot of options, I'd suggest finding an online owners manual, but I also find the Remco Towing Store to be helpful since can change the various options you mention and it will tell you what's needed.


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Posted: 02/07/19 03:22pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I towed a '95 Ranger 2WD with manual transmission in neutral for several years with no issues.


35 miles from Normal, IL. As close to normal as I'll ever be.


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There are some standards (4x4) that have peculiar towing requirements. Friend towed a bronco in neutral, ate up the transmission. Guess it has to be in gear and the transfer case in neutral! So be sure to read up on what can cant be towed even if a standard trans. My 94 ranger per the manual can be, later models??

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Posted: 02/08/19 08:58am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I use to tow a 2010 Ranger, 2 wheel drive manual tranny. Put tranny in neutral and unlock steering wheel. Not sure about the 4 X 4 models.

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Posted: 02/11/19 02:30pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks all!

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Posted: 02/17/19 06:05am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Neutral Tow Kit for Rangers from Ford lists 2007 and up -- I had a 2011 with the NTK ( automatic tranny) and towed for several years with no issues. It is essentially a reprogram of the computer with a LED indicator light added to show that you are indeed in neutral

https://accessories.ford.com/neutral-tow-kit-9818.html


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Posted: 02/17/19 07:57am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

JoeH wrote:

Neutral Tow Kit for Rangers from Ford lists 2007 and up -- I had a 2011 with the NTK ( automatic tranny) and towed for several years with no issues. It is essentially a reprogram of the computer with a LED indicator light added to show that you are indeed in neutral

https://accessories.ford.com/neutral-tow-kit-9818.html


The Remco towing guide says that Rangers with 4X4 must have a manual transfer case and auto trans. I am looking at pre-2005 as a replacement for both my towed(Suzi Sidekick) and my F150(now the grandsons).

Does anyone flat tow an earlier Ranger 4X4 with an automatic transfer case and auto trans?


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After making the above post I found this part, 3L2Z-7H332-AA. I verified the number with Ford.

Now I'm looking a other possibilities, like an Chevy Colorado or Dodge Dakota.

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4X4 2015 Colorado/Canyon a breeze through 2017 that I know of. It will be in the manual ..............

* This post was edited 02/19/19 08:06pm by Heisenberg *


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