Shifting Into NEUTRAL (N)

You or others could be injured if you leave the vehicle unattended with the transfer case in the NEUTRAL (N) position without first fully engaging the parking brake. The transfer case NEUTRAL (N) position disengages both the front and rear driveshafts from the powertrain and will allow the vehicle to move, even if the transmission is in PARK. The parking brake should always be applied when the driver is not in the vehicle.

Use the following procedure to prepare your vehicle for recreational towing.

It is necessary to follow these steps to be certain that the transfer case is fully in NEUTRAL (N) before recreational towing to prevent damage to internal parts.

1. Bring the vehicle to a complete stop and shift the transmission to PARK.

2. Turn OFF the engine.

3. For vehicles with Keyless Enter-N-Go, remove the Keyless Enter-N-Go button and use the key fob to complete this procedure. Refer to “Starting Procedures/ Keyless Enter-N-Go” in “Starting and Operating” for further information.

4. Turn the ignition switch to the ON/RUN position, but do not start the engine.

5. Press and hold the brake pedal.

6. Shift the transmission into NEUTRAL.

7. Using the point of a ballpoint pen or similar object, press and hold the recessed transfer case NEUTRAL (N) button (located by the selector switch) for four seconds, until the light behind the N symbol starts to blink, indicating shift in progress. The light will stop blinking (stay on solid) when the shift to NEUTRAL (N) is complete.

NEUTRAL (N) Switch
NEUTRAL (N) Switch

8. After the shift is completed and the NEUTRAL (N) light stays on, release the NEUTRAL (N) button.

9. Start the engine.

10. Shift the transmission into REVERSE.

11. Release the brake pedal for five seconds and ensure that there is no vehicle movement.

12. Turn OFF the engine.

13. Firmly apply the parking brake.

14. Shift the transmission into PARK and remove the key fob.

Damage to the transmission may occur if the transmission is shifted into PARK with the transfer case in NEUTRAL (N) and the engine running. With the transfer case in NEUTRAL (N) ensure that the engine is off prior to shifting the transmission into PARK.

15. Attach the vehicle to the tow vehicle using a suitable tow bar.

16. Release the parking brake.

• Steps 1 through 6 are requirements that must be met prior to pressing the NEUTRAL (N) button, and must continue to be met until the four seconds elapse and the shift has been completed. If any of these requirements are not met prior to pressing the NEUTRAL (N) button or are no longer met during the four second timer, then the NEUTRAL (N) indicator light will flash continuously until all requirements are met or until the NEUTRAL (N) button is released.

• The ignition switch must be in the ON/RUN position for a shift to take place and for the position indicator lights to be operable. If the ignition switch is not in the ON/RUN position, the shift will not take place and no position indicator lights will be on or flashing.

• A flashing NEUTRAL (N) position indicator light indicates that shift requirements have not been met.

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