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Old 01-22-2023, 06:29 PM   #1
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Towing with Jeep Grand Cherokee 2012 minimize transfer case wear

Hi All,

I am towing my trailier 5000 pounds with Jeep Grand Cherokee 2021 5.7L Hemi.

The car does not have a 2WD. It always run in 4WD full time as the dealer call it, It only has the following setting Auto, Sand Rock, and Sport.



I have blown my transfer case once, and do not want to happen again.

Therefore I need advise on what setting should I set to minimize transfer case wear when towing ?
Please see the power distribution of each setting here:

https://jeepspecs.com/wk2-generation...errain-system/


I tow mostly in late spring/summer where the road is hot and dry.



To me, I feel like I need to set the selec terrain in sport mode where 80% of the torque is done by the rear wheel, and therefore the clutch in the transfer case has little role to play to transfer power to the front axle.



Dealer said that transfer case was blown because the clutch inside transfer case is worn down.



I now have a brand new transfer case and would like to minimize the wear on the clutch this time around.



I do not know the internal working on how Jeep transfer case vary the torque between front and rear axle.






I see from this, that sport mode distribute 80% of the torque to the rear axle. It seems like that is the setting that i need to do when towing RV trailer. Because the clutch has little role to play transferring the power to the front axle. Dealer said the transfer case was blown because the clutch was worn out They showed me that the transfer case has a lot of destroyed clutch material (like a fine dust from sand paper) I now have a new transfer case and would like to keep it as long as possible, as I tow RV thousands of miles every year, climbing rocky mountains several times. The Jeep GC with Hemi does not have a problem towing 5000 lb , since it has 7700 ln tow capacity. I can climb rocky mountains with ease.

https://jeepspecs.com/wk2-generation...errain-system/
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Old 01-22-2023, 06:40 PM   #2
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Moved thread from the General TT and 5th Wheel Discussion section to the Towing and Tow Vehicles sub-forum since the OP's questions are specific to Towing and Tow Vehicles.
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Old 01-23-2023, 09:28 AM   #3
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Have you actually weighed your trailer or are you going by Mfg sticker? I would recommend contacting the Mfg not the dealer and checking your owners manual under towing section for what they recommend. It would seem to me Auto would be the best position. On another note a transfer case just like a transmission need periodic maintenance (more under harsh conditions like pulling heavy loads). JMHO
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I have only gone about 4K miles the last couple of years and have left mine in Auto. My RV scale weight up to about 3.5K lbs.
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I'm not a big fan of the auto mode on our jeep Cherokee trailhawk elite. I feel the front wheels skip on dry pavement every now and then when turning and accelerating. There are jeep grand Cherokee forums out there if you don't find the answer here.
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Old 01-25-2023, 08:45 AM   #6
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I would find a scale and weigh also what is the Jeep tow rating. You maybe over loaded depending on what you haul in the Jeep and what is it rated for. Later RJD
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I'm not a big fan of the auto mode on our jeep Cherokee trailhawk elite. I feel the front wheels skip on dry pavement every now and then when turning and accelerating. There are jeep grand Cherokee forums out there if you don't find the answer here.

Grand Cherokee and Cherokee have different engines, transmissions, 4WD systems etc.
Up to 7,200 lb. vs. 4,500 lb. towing
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Old 01-25-2023, 03:16 PM   #8
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My RV weight total with everything in it is 5900 lb . The jeep with tow package is rated for 7200 lb
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Old 01-27-2023, 07:18 AM   #9
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Towing with Jeep Grand Cherokee 2012 minimize transfer case wear

I thought I recall reading a few years ago that Jeep GC have had an issue with transfer cases breaking due to tire sizes not being the same due to wear or if an owner just replaced two tires instead of all four. That it seems the Jeep is pretty sensitive to tire wear or partial tire replacement.

Maybe towing with your Jeep is not much of a concern and just put the pedal to the metal.
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Old 01-31-2023, 10:57 PM   #10
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I would say "auto". The sport mode is "up to 80% rear" so it varies the split all the time. The "auto" mode just runs 60/40 split so it's not varying the split constantly.

Both modes should still go completely 100% rear drive if on hard dry pavement.

Jeep has been using that transfer case since 1998 without major problems in the Grand Cherokee so if anything it's the fancy "select- terrain" that's causing more issues. Using "auto" I assume it just works normal like it has since 1998.
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Old 02-01-2023, 08:28 AM   #11
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The tow rating on a vehicle is generally a marketing gimmick. You need to look at hitch weight and load capacity ( from the sticker on drivers door). In addition the front surface wind load on the TT increases the load on the TV. I would also add a high quality aux trans cooler before I did much more towing. The additional load on the trans creates considerable heating.
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