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Old 07-30-2017, 08:06 PM   #1
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Had a Drive Shaft King disconnect installed on my 2003 Toyota 4 Runner. The instructions say to tow the vehicle in the "park" position. Does this sound right? I always thought cars were towed in the neutral position.
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Old 07-30-2017, 08:12 PM   #2
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Since you have a driveshaft disconnect - Park is fine - though would expect neutral is as well - except you would likely not be able to remove the key...
The transmission is disconnected from the wheels with the Drive Shaft King.

Many true 4WD (not AWD) with a transfer case tow with trans in park - as they 'disengage' from the transmission at the transfer case - that is place in neutral.
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Old 07-30-2017, 08:23 PM   #3
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Let me pick your brain since I received no literature on this. The only paperwork I received said to tow the car in park, and turn the key to the 1st position. What's the purpose of this?
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Old 07-30-2017, 08:39 PM   #4
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The first position is normally considered the ACC or Accessory position. As for putting the vehicle in park, this sets the parking pall which keeps the planetary gears from freewheeling during travel.
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The key in the first position is to disengage the steering wheel lock.
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Old 07-30-2017, 11:17 PM   #6
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I highly recommend you do a search on your forerunner and the disconnect manufacturer and follow their instructions to the letter.
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Have a new key cut without a chip in it, allows you to unlock the steering but won't allow starting.
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Will this work on a front wheel drive vehicle
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What part? Assuming you were referring to SuperD's comment on the non-chip key.

The 'non-chip' key should work on any vehicle - cutting a key without the chip allows its use for anything EXCEPT starting the engine... Opening doors, truck, switching to accessory, disengaging steering lock.

FAR cheaper than a chip key... and safer than leaving a regular key in the ignition when parked (rest areas, etc...)
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Talking about the drive shaft king
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Old 07-31-2017, 04:04 PM   #11
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Ahh.... I'd expect not - as front wheel drive doesn't have a single driveshaft - instead a separate 'axle' through constant velocity (CV) joint to each front wheel... And no real room to allow for anything 'extra' in the middle on most vehicles.

It is intended for rear wheel drive as an alternative to manually disconnecting the driveshaft each time.
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Depending on the FWD vehicle you want to tow it may include a "Neutral Tow" setting which allows towing 4 down as well as on a dolly. The owner's manual will tell you if it can be towed 4 down.
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