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Can a 2008 Jeep Patriot be flat towed, that is, towed by another vehicle using a tow strap? Can it be for a long distance? Why or why not?
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Brad
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Concerning recreational flat towing capability, any (MK) or (PM) model equipped with manual shift transmission can be flat towed (all wheels down) at any safe, legal speed. Models equipped with the CVT automatic transmission can not be flat towed. NOTE: For 2007 MK 1st edition Owner's Manual is not accurate and indicates no flat towing. The 2008 - 2009 (MK) 2nd and 3rd edition Owmer's Manual is correct and can be viewed at: http://www.jeep.com/en/owners/index.htmlhttp://www.dodge.com/en/owners/index.html. The printed Version and the electronic versions of both 2008 - 2009 (PM) (MK) Owner's manual is correct.

So yes since it's a manual trans you can tow it all you want...

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
I am sorry I am not clear. Please, pardon my ignorance in these matters. If flat towing is needed, it will not be recreational. To better illustrate, please assume my 2008 Patriot (manual transmisssion) does not start. Can another vehicle flat tow the Patriot while I steer the Patriot and make turns when needed during the entire tow? I would like to know if any damage could result from this procedure.

Yes if the Patriot has a manual transmission then you can flat tow it regardless of it being recreational or broke down. Just put it in neutral and tow away. But if it has the automatic (CVT) transmission it's not recommended to be flat towed..

I hope I have answered your question,

Brad

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
Just for knowledge sake., what is MK and PM?

I'm sorry for not explaining.. Here at the dealership we go by body codes.. The MK is the Compass/Patriot and the PM is the Caliber...

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
I am glad expert mechanics are available. Brad provides useful guidance and money saving tips. Satisfied customer here. Thank you.

Thank you for that feedback..

Glad I could help,

Brad

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
Brad, if you do not mind me asking. If I ever need to replace the evaporator on this 2008 Patriot (manual transmission), how is that task fully and successfully accomplishes? I replaced an evaporator on a 2008 Chrysler P.T. Cruiser and ...honestly.... I began to abhor PT Cruisers after that because I had to disassemble the ENTIRE DASHBOARD. Is the Patriot just as complex? If so, are there any techniques or shortcut to make the repair job less challenging?

All evaporators require you to pull the dash and then remove the HVAC assembly and disassemble it.. We charge 8 hrs labor here at the dealership to replace evaporators or HVAC doors.. The trucks(RAM's) are the easiest to me as I can have have one in and out in 2 hrs... But just because Ive done so many that I know exactly where the bolts are, etc

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
Thank you for your previous reply. Wow. Eight hours at the dealership! That means a minimum of 72 hours for me. Is there any way to bring the dashboard out in one single piece, or would one need to take one component at a time until the dashboard is out of the way?

It's much easier to just pull the entire dash, or thats the way I do it... Its much longer to slowly disassemble the dash one part at a time...

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
Do you have the step-by-step description of how to pull the entire dashboard forward in one piece on the 2008 Jeep Patriot? For me, the evaporator replacement is a tedious and looong procedure. I knew I was doing something wrong when I replaced my former vehicle's evaporator!

Here is the info...

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
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