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How to Put a Jeep Wrangler in Neutral without Key

Your owner’s manual will show you where to put any key or small screwdriver in the console to enable gear selection without using the ignition key. It’s the first time I’ve looked for a transfer case. That was discovered. I couldn’t locate any clear instructions on disengaging the shift so that I could put it in neutral and roll it without the key. I have no idea which cable is the correct one. By the wheels, I have some blocks. That’s pretty much everything I’ve done thus far. Without the key, it won’t move. According to what I’ve read on the internet, it appears that there is a way to disconnect a cable underneath and physically relocate it. When in 2WD, the transfer case lever is set to HI.  

Unless it’s already in 4WD, it won’t shift to neutral or 4 Low. To get the transfer case to change to 4WD, apply suction to the switch, and then shift it to neutral after it shifts to push it forward. There is no direct linkage between the shifter and transmission in this electronically controlled transmission. Unfortunately, this is the way automobiles are heading. You can put it in neutral by removing the plastic trim and pushing a lever, but I would only advocate doing so if the truck needs to be towed. Putting jeep wrangler in neutral is not as much difficult.

Putting the Jeep Wrangler’s Transfer Case in Neutral

I’m looking for some pointers on how to put the transfer case in neutral while hooking up to my RV. According to the instructions, shift the case after placing the Jeep transmission into neutral and rolling the Jeep (2-3 mph). I can’t do that since I’m situating the Jeep to fit the tow bar and then attaching it up. This is the method I’ve been using: Hold the brake pedal pressed and held. Parking Brake should be set Depress the clutch pedal on a manual transmission or shift an automatic transmission to neutral (N). Neutral is the new transfer case level (N). The engine should be started now. Set the automatic transmission to drive (D) or gear the manual transmission. Remove your foot from the brake pedal and check for any movement in the vehicle. Press the PARK button on the automatic transmission (P). The parking brake should be applied. A tow bar connects the Jeep to the towing vehicle. The parking brake should be released.

It is either easy or difficult, depending on how frequently the transfer case has been used, in my opinion. I always begin by connecting the Jeep to the RV. Then I insert the key and change the setting to ACC. Set the brakes, if necessary, put the transmission in neutral, the transfer case in neutral, and the transmission in Park. After removing the key, release the park brake. When Jeep rolls backwards on an incline, everything is fine. I might have to give the Jeep a little push on a flat and level surface, but if it rolls, everything is fine. When I release the brake on a downhill, it rolls toward the RV, which is fine.

Without a key in the ignition, how do I put my Jeep Wrangler into neutral?

It’s very simple if you have a manual car. All you have to do now is shift into neutral while pressing the clutch. However, make sure your handbrake is engaged; otherwise, the vehicle may begin to roll. If it’s an automatic, however, look near the shift lever in the console. A small plastic cover with a small slot should be visible; it’s usually a square that blends in with the surroundings. If the manual park release isn’t visible, look in your owner’s manual. Carefully pry this cover off with a flathead screwdriver, being careful not to scratch the console. To avoid losing it, turn it off and put it somewhere safe.

A small tab has now appeared in the console. Using the flathead or a key, push down or over the brake pedal, depending on your vehicle. Don’t use excessive force. If you encounter excessive resistance, consult your owner’s manual to determine which way you should push. Try to shift to neutral while holding the tab down. Before driving anywhere, make sure the cover is replaced and the parking brake is disengaged. Of course, if you’re manually pushing a car or keeping it in neutral, make sure someone is inside to steer or apply the brakes if necessary. Return the gear to park and reapply the parking brake once you’ve pushed the car where you need it.

How do you force a Jeep Wrangler into neutral?

There’s a pull strap in the center console bin that, I believe, disengages the drivetrain in the event of an emergency. Check the manual for instructions on how to set up the vehicle for flat towing.

How do you put a Jeep in neutral without turning it on?

Turn the key to “On” or “Acc” in the ignition. Completely release the brake pedal. Select neutral with the shift selector.

How do you put a 2015 Jeep Wrangler in neutral without a key?

Turn the key to “On” or “Acc” in the ignition. Completely release the brake pedal. Select neutral with the shift selector.

How do you put a Jeep Wrangler in neutral on a tow?

  • Hold the brake pedal pressed and held.
  • Parking Brake should be engaged
  • Depress the clutch pedal on a manual transmission or shift an automatic transmission to NEUTRAL (N).
  • NEUTRAL is the new transfer case level (N).
  • The engine should be started now.

How to put jeep grand Cherokee in neutral without key

I’d simply remove the driveshaft, which should take no longer than 2 minutes. It’s out in just four bolts. 

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