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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 07-03-2008, 09:51 AM Thread Starter
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Last week, I stopped over to my sister's house to visit with the family. While over there, we started discussing my brother-in-law's Explorer, which he has had in their garage for a few months, as it needs some repairs. He mentioned how he'd like to pull it out, so that he could start working on it. Problem is, it has a flat tire in the rear driver side, and has a dead battery. Solution? Gotta pull it out. I told him that, since I was in the Patriot at the time, I'd bring the Commander over sometime and we could strap it up and pull it on out.

So, Monday, I was dropping off my neice/nephew, and told my bro-in-law that while I was there, with the Commander, I'd go ahead and do the work. So, we opened up the garage, I tied in the strap on my end, and wrapped the other end around his hitch ball. I told him to make sure the truck was in neutral and parking brake off. He confirmed, so I hopped in to start pulling.

When I first started tugging, it just felt like something wasn't budging. The strap was almost "stretching" as it tried to pull. So I hopped out, made sure everything was good to go and that we were lined up right, etc. Told him to make sure his e-brake was off and he was in neutral, and he once again confirmed. So, back to pulling.

Once again, it just seemed like something wasn't budging on his end. So, needless to say, I just went for it. Popped it into 1st gear, and just took it up to about 2200rpm. Nothing it couldn't handle. And sure enough, it started moving on out.

I get out, and start unhooking everything. As I am unhooking his Explorer, I realize that there is caked up mud behind his passenger side tire. I then look around underneath and in front (where we had pulled from), and realize tire marks on the pavement and in the dirt. Both sides. I asked him... "are you SURE the e-brake was off?". He affirmed me that it was, but it sure doesn't look like it. He mentioned that the front tires were turning as I was pulling, but the rear was not at all (once again, sounds like the e-brake was on the entire time).

The moral of this story? I think my brother-in-law said it best... "Man, Jeep's are awesome. They just have an insane amount of brute strength. Commander pulled it out like it was nothing."

Yup.
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If the vehicle did not ROLL on the tires, he had the brakes on or the tranny in park.





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Yeah, that's what I'm thinking. He may have had a few drinks before I got there. Ha.
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I'm thinking that the transfer case wasn't in neutral...A reason you can't flat tow a lot of 4x4's
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If it had been sitting for a while, it could easily have rusted or frozen calipers. Even if the parking brake was released, it still could have been holding.
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If you want a true test of strength (and traction), do an SUV tug-of-war. Have you ever watched the clips on YouTube of guys back-to-back with the trucks or SUVs trying to pull each other backwards? I can't be good for the vehicles, but it is entertaining.
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Last week we had to clean up some area up in Washington for a friend's wedding (yeah, real redneck wedding with shotgun and everything), and the best area for the ceremony was one little piece of land without tons garbage everywhere. The problem was, there were four broke down vehicles in the way with mostly flat tires. We hooked 'em up to the Commander and moved them all out of the area - I think there was a VW bus, a Firebird, and a Suburban. And we didn't pull them on the road (because the best place to store broke down vehicles is in the grass next to the woods apparently).

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The tug-of-war thing I may have done in my last Jeep... but not the Commander.
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Kinda interesting that the Rubi w/ lockers on wasn't doing any better.
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