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    does the odometer add mileage while flat towing?

    I know it's been asked before but I do not remember solid answer. Im looking at buying a new(er) XJ. The guy says the odometer has about 90k but its only been driven about 30k. So my question is does the odometer add mileagewhile flat towing? I know the speedo has a gear driven sensor and the gear is turning when the Jeep is moveing but its (electrical) sensor working without the key on?




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    No, key must be on. Usually you can tell a 30K Jeep from a 90K one if you look close enough...Oil seepage, steering links, brake pedal, seat and trim

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    If they flat towed with the t-case in neutral, it will not add miles, but if it was in gear and the tranny in neutral, I think it will add miles.

    You are suposed to flat tow with the t-case in neutral.

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    My TJ didn't add miles when I towed it. Everything was in neutral.

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    I would say no. When you flat tow a Jeep w/ an NP231, you usually put the t-case in neutral, and this doesn't allow the odo gear to spin.

    If he didn't put the t-case in Neutral...... WEll I wouldn't want it.

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    My 2000 TJ manual states to flat tow with T-case in neutral and the manual transmission in gear. I believe this is to prevent the transmission from spinning due to viscous (sp??) coupling. I don't know if this is because it would not be lubricated properly or just cause added wear.
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    The speedo gear still spins with the transfer case in Neutral, but with the electronics off the miles towed will not register :beer:

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    Thanks Dave, thats what I figured. And yes im sure I will be able to tell the difference of 30k and 90k by looking at it but I have not had the time to go get it and do that yet.



    Everyone else..............The speedo gear drives from the output shaft of the t-case, therefore if the rear driveshaft is spinning so is the gear. So, it makes no difference if everything is in neutral or not.



    Hayden

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    Of course this would only apply to the newer Jeeps with electronic odometers. If it has the old style gear/cable drive it would still register wouldn't it?
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    My CJ registers miles when I flat tow with everything in neutral and the key on off (unlock).

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