• Welcome Visitor! Please take a few seconds and Register for our forum. Even if you don't want to post, you can still 'Like' and react to posts.

TOWING a Ranger as opposed to towing WITH a Ranger

85_Ranger4x4

Forum Staff Member
Forum Moderator
Article Contributor
V8 Engine Swap
OTOTM Winner
TRS Banner 2010-2011
TRS 20th Anniversary
TRS Event Participant
Joined
Aug 7, 2007
Messages
29,362
Reaction score
12,062
Points
113
Location
SW Iowa
Vehicle Year
1985
Make / Model
Ford
Engine Type
V8
Engine Size
5.0
Transmission
Manual
The driveshaft is pretty easy to disconnect, though. Takes less than 5 minutes.
Depends on how long ago it was last off. :icon_twisted:
 


Rock Auto 5% Discount Code: BD8D9A3814E19D Expires July 5th, 2022

Will

Forum Staff Member
Forum Moderator
Joined
Nov 30, 2001
Messages
6,872
Reaction score
417
Points
83
Location
Gnaw Bone, Indiana
Vehicle Year
2007
Make / Model
Toyota
Engine Size
4.0
Transmission
Manual
True, I should have qualified it: once you get it loose the first time "..."
 

DrPorky

New Member
Joined
Mar 7, 2012
Messages
1
Reaction score
0
Points
0
Vehicle Year
1994
Make / Model
Ford
Transmission
Automatic
I have a '94 Ranger Extended Cab XLT 4x4 3.0 with Automatic Trans.

I'm needing to tow it with a dolly and read somewhere that you can tow it backwards with the front hubs disengaged and lock the wheel with rope or seatbelt or some such and thus not have to worry about disconnecting the drive shaft at the rear.

I have crawled under the truck and found that the front shaft spins freely, but, should I still be concerned?

I have called 2 different Ford shops, one never called me back and the other said they weren't sure (pretty sure that's code for 'leave us alone, we're busy'), I've been researching online for weeks and I have talked to a couple of transmission people, but, no one can give me an answer for some reason.

I have no problem with disconnecting the drive shaft if need be, however, it would be really nice to not have to worry about that if I don't have to.

Any help?
 

88ranger89camaro

New Member
Firefighter
Joined
Oct 8, 2011
Messages
130
Reaction score
1
Points
0
Location
Squaw Valley, CA
Vehicle Year
1994
Make / Model
Ford
Engine Size
2.3
Transmission
Manual
Towing anything on a dolly with the rear wheels on the dolly is NOT a good idea at all. If your stearing wheel is not dead locked in the center it will cause all kinds of problems

Either pull the drive shaft or get a true car trailer

If you have a manual transfer case cant you just put it in neutral and go to town
 

DoctorPhate

New Member
Solid Axle Swap
Joined
Dec 27, 2010
Messages
37
Reaction score
0
Points
0
Age
34
Vehicle Year
1997
Make / Model
Ford
Engine Size
2.3L
Transmission
Manual
Towing anything on a dolly with the rear wheels on the dolly is NOT a good idea at all. If your stearing wheel is not dead locked in the center it will cause all kinds of problems

Either pull the drive shaft or get a true car trailer

If you have a manual transfer case cant you just put it in neutral and go to town
Depends on the transfercase. In some cases it'll continue to spin(obviously) but without lubrication where as other cases it'll spin which causes the lubrication. So you'll need to research how your case is lubricated.
 

exbass94

Well-Known Member
Joined
Aug 6, 2007
Messages
3,340
Reaction score
38
Points
48
Age
34
Location
Guilford, CT
Vehicle Year
2006, 1994
Make / Model
Ford
Engine Size
4.0 SOHC, 4.0 OHV
Transmission
Automatic
Depends on the transfercase. In some cases it'll continue to spin(obviously) but without lubrication where as other cases it'll spin which causes the lubrication. So you'll need to research how your case is lubricated.
All BW1354 transfer cases can be flat towed with the transfer case in neutral. Did you read the original post at all?

Ford's recommended towing method for a 4x4 with a manual T-case is
to tow with the transfer case in neutral and the transmission in
Park (auto) or in gear (manual)

a 4x4 with an electronically shifted T-case has no user accessable
Neutral.

The thing is the T-cases used in Ranger Based Vehicles have
positive pressure lubrication from an internal oil pump that is
driven by the output shaft.
 
Last edited:

racsan

Well-Known Member
Supporting Member
TRS 20th Anniversary
TRS Event Participant
Joined
Aug 17, 2007
Messages
4,094
Reaction score
2,777
Points
113
Location
central ohio
Vehicle Year
1994
Make / Model
ford
Engine Type
2.3 (4 Cylinder)
Engine Size
2.3/140-4
Transmission
Manual
2WD / 4WD
2WD
Tire Size
225/70/15-winter. 235/75/15-summer
My credo
built, not bought
its a wonder i didnt blow my trans. towed the ranger on a 2 wheel u-haul dolly 15 miles to the farm to work on it, pulled it up onto the dolly in 4L, front hubs unlocked, front driveshaft had also been removed. left it in 4L. turned engine off just out of habit, pulled at about 45 mph to the farm 15 miles. (t-cas still in 4L) so the output shaft of the trans was probly spinning at a rpm equivaleant to 70+ mph if the t-case had been in high range. must have got lucky, seems to have no ill effects from it all. not sure how. must have gotton enough oil splashed around before transport that it didnt burn a bearing up. maybe the angle of the truck on the dolly was enough to have the oil level high enough at the back of the trans. thats a possibility. i still say i must have gotton lucky, now that ive read this.
 

dhkonrad

2013 Offroad TOTY
Supporting Member
OTOTM Winner
Solid Axle Swap
2013 Truck of The Year
TRS Banner 2012-2015
Joined
Nov 8, 2010
Messages
907
Reaction score
1
Points
18
Location
Auburn California/ Boise Idaho
Vehicle Year
1993
Make / Model
Ford
Engine Size
4.0L
Transmission
Manual
In my ford manual, it says that if you have front manual locking hubs, then just remove the rear drive shaft and tow in 2HI, then when you get where you're going, just drive around in 4HI, effectively making it front wheel drive...
 

Will

Forum Staff Member
Forum Moderator
Joined
Nov 30, 2001
Messages
6,872
Reaction score
417
Points
83
Location
Gnaw Bone, Indiana
Vehicle Year
2007
Make / Model
Toyota
Engine Size
4.0
Transmission
Manual
Your Ford manual says to drive it without the rear driveshaft?
 

dhkonrad

2013 Offroad TOTY
Supporting Member
OTOTM Winner
Solid Axle Swap
2013 Truck of The Year
TRS Banner 2012-2015
Joined
Nov 8, 2010
Messages
907
Reaction score
1
Points
18
Location
Auburn California/ Boise Idaho
Vehicle Year
1993
Make / Model
Ford
Engine Size
4.0L
Transmission
Manual
Yeah, they say just don't exeed 45 or 55.
 

Will

Forum Staff Member
Forum Moderator
Joined
Nov 30, 2001
Messages
6,872
Reaction score
417
Points
83
Location
Gnaw Bone, Indiana
Vehicle Year
2007
Make / Model
Toyota
Engine Size
4.0
Transmission
Manual
Can you scan those pages? I want to put them in the library.
 

dhkonrad

2013 Offroad TOTY
Supporting Member
OTOTM Winner
Solid Axle Swap
2013 Truck of The Year
TRS Banner 2012-2015
Joined
Nov 8, 2010
Messages
907
Reaction score
1
Points
18
Location
Auburn California/ Boise Idaho
Vehicle Year
1993
Make / Model
Ford
Engine Size
4.0L
Transmission
Manual
Yeah ill see if I can find it, but Idk which of my rbv's manuals said it so no guarantees.
 

dhkonrad

2013 Offroad TOTY
Supporting Member
OTOTM Winner
Solid Axle Swap
2013 Truck of The Year
TRS Banner 2012-2015
Joined
Nov 8, 2010
Messages
907
Reaction score
1
Points
18
Location
Auburn California/ Boise Idaho
Vehicle Year
1993
Make / Model
Ford
Engine Size
4.0L
Transmission
Manual

slipshift

New Member
U.S. Military - Veteran
Joined
Oct 10, 2011
Messages
25
Reaction score
1
Points
3
Location
Arkansas Ozarks
Vehicle Year
1997
Make / Model
Ranger
Engine Size
2.3
Transmission
Manual
When I used to deliver commercial vehicles I towed an automatic transmission van to get from job to job. It's a simple job to disconnect the driveshaft and wire it up out of the way, really only 5 minutes.
 

Sponsored Ad


Sponsored Ad

Top