How do you put the Jeep Wrangler in neutral for towing?

We’ve decided to take a year off to explore the country in a camper, but we’ll be towing a vehicle for shorter trips. I need to get my Jeep Wrangler into neutral so that I can hook it up to our trailer. Can you tell me how to do it?

Tiffany Leung · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
What a great decision! We hope you have an amazing year ahead.
Here’s how to put your Jeep Wrangler in neutral so that it’s ready for towing:
  • Ensure that the Wrangler is at a complete stop on level ground
  • Press and hold the brake pedal
  • If you have an automatic transmission, shift into neutral. If you have a manual transmission, press the clutch pedal
  • Turn the engine off
  • Shift the transfer case to neutral (N) if you’re in a manual
  • Start the engine
  • Shift the transmission to reverse (R)
  • Release the brake pedal (and clutch if applicable) to ensure there is no movement
  • Repeat the steps after “Start the engine” in Drive (automatic) or 1st gear (manual)
  • Turn the engine off
  • Apply the parking brake and shift to park
  • Once you’ve hooked up the Wrangler to the RV, release the parking brake
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