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post #11 of 33 (permalink) Old 06-29-2016, 01:03 PM
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@Mark_It's all a matter of towing properly and within the limits of someone's ability.
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And the limits of tow vehicle, towed vehicle, road/traffic conditions, etc.

Or, to put it more succinctly; "There's a helluva lot more to towing than just hooking up and go(w)ing."

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I was barely able to control bodily functions at this point, it is one of the most unreal/scary thing I have ever faced as a driver...

Been there, done that. Both as "another vehicle on the road" and while towing with a combination of wind, road irregularity, and mechanical failure.

Hopefully the voice of experience between yourself, @Len1304, myself, etc. will help others avoid being part of the chorus.
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Ok, maybe answered elsewhere but may be worthy to add it to this thread..... I was glad to see the Cherokee's provide ready access to powertrain temperatures. So when towing, is there any guidance regarding elevated oil and transmission temperatures?
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The Cherokee is equipped with a ton of warning lights and safety systems. If it's not giving you any warnings you should be fine. But understand if you are starting to hit a limit and you have the ac on the Cherokee will turn off the AC so that may be an early warning system of sorts. I have almost 6000 miles towing my trailer all over the US now and have not had a single problem. Even down here in Texas with a winch up front blocking part of the radiator.


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Oh, the Cherokee doesn't take kindly to towing a trailer 800 miles in the snow even at 15 degree outdoor temps I managed to overheat my 4wd. But I'm fairly certain I was pushing it beyond its design limits.


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Oh, the Cherokee doesn't take kindly to towing a trailer 800 miles in the snow even at 15 degree outdoor temps I managed to overheat my 4wd. But I'm fairly certain I was pushing it beyond its design limits.
Interesting.
Which Mode were you in : Auto ? Snow ?
Having 4WD engaged while towing a heavy trailer may cause overheating even in the summer as well (guessing).
Was it deep snow or just hard pack ?

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It was a mix of both, if the ground was white I was in snow mode because the traction control and stability control systems are more aggressive if it appeared dry I was in auto. My 4wd overheated JUST as I got to Moab and the roads cleared up. Within prolly 30 minutes it was back to working normally and I didn't have a problem again the rest of the 3200 miles. It was hard pack snow and ice. Tricky to tow the trailer through but nothing I couldn't handle. Wyoming on the other hand with 65 mph cross winds and blowing -30 was interesting but the anti sway system in the Cherokee and the anti sway on the trailer worked like a champ. But I was traveling at only 35 mph or so for nearly 200 miles to get through the storm on highway 80. Nasty stretch of road.


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It was a mix of both, if the ground was white I was in snow mode because the traction control and stability control systems are more aggressive if it appeared dry I was in auto. My 4wd overheated JUST as I got to Moab and the roads cleared up. Within prolly 30 minutes it was back to working normally and I didn't have a problem again the rest of the 3200 miles. It was hard pack snow and ice. Tricky to tow the trailer through but nothing I couldn't handle. Wyoming on the other hand with 65 mph cross winds and blowing -30 was interesting but the anti sway system in the Cherokee and the anti sway on the trailer worked like a champ. But I was traveling at only 35 mph or so for nearly 200 miles to get through the storm on highway 80. Nasty stretch of road.
Yikes, quite of mix of conditions there.
We,ve had one or two members report 4WD overheating while driving around in deep snow, no trailer behind. I guess you just have to play it by ear and rest it, when needed.

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The 2016 4wd when it overheats doesn't fully shutdown like it did on the 2014. It severely limits it but doesn't completely turn it off like it did on my 2014. https://youtu.be/qo1QAViZWY0


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