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Old 10-18-2019, 05:47 PM   #1
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Towing GM car with RKE - push button on/off

I'm considering upgrading my Yukon to be towed behind my DSDP. It does have four-wheel drive with a two speed transfer case.

Going through the owners manual, I have two questions:

A) Why do I have to disconnect the battery cable or damage could occur to the vehicle? How? I've never disconnected my battery because most of my trips are 4 hours or less.

B) Since I have Remote Keyless Entry with the power on/off button, how can I keep the steering wheel from locking up? The manual says:

7. Shift the transmission to P (Park).
8. Move the steering wheel to make sure the steering column is unlocked.
9. With a foot on the brake pedal, release the parking brake.
10. Keep the ignition key in the towed vehicle in ACC/ ACCESSORY to prevent the steering column from locking. If equipped with Keyless Access, keep the RKE transmitter outside of the vehicle, and manually lock the doors.

If i go around a turn and the front wheels turn, won't the steering wheel turn and lock up?

thanks for any help you can provide me on this ....!
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Old 10-18-2019, 06:07 PM   #2
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Hi Jerry_Keller,
The steering wheel needs to turn as the coach turns. Doing all these steps, most likely, gets the computer in a towing mind set. Disconnecting the battery cable allows the vehicle to "freeze" itself in the last known command state. This would be all those steps you took to get it into tow mode.

Consider getting a large bright colored rag. Tie it to the top of the steering wheel. In the rear view camera you will see the rag come back to center once any turn is completed.
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Hi Jerry_Keller,
The steering wheel needs to turn as the coach turns. Doing all these steps, most likely, gets the computer in a towing mind set. Disconnecting the battery cable allows the vehicle to "freeze" itself in the last known command state. This would be all those steps you took to get it into tow mode.

Consider getting a large bright colored rag. Tie it to the top of the steering wheel. In the rear view camera you will see the rag come back to center once any turn is completed.
Interesting point. Thanks!
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Jerry, can't answer your battery disconnect query, however you have to leave the key in the ignition in the ACC position so the steering wheel doesn't lock. I had another key made for my car, plain key with no chip so no one can start the vehicle. Actually maybe just thought of the reason to disconnect battery, steering wheel lock maybe electric. Good luck, Don
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Jerry, can't answer your battery disconnect query, however you have to leave the key in the ignition in the ACC position so the steering wheel doesn't lock. I had another key made for my car, plain key with no chip so no one can start the vehicle. Actually maybe just thought of the reason to disconnect battery, steering wheel lock maybe electric. Good luck, Don
I have a keyless ignition; no key - just the transmitter in my pocket and a power on/off button on the dash. So, that is exactly my concern - how to keep the steering shaft from locking up if the wheels turn slightly going around a corner.
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I have a keyless ignition; no key - just the transmitter in my pocket and a power on/off button on the dash. So, that is exactly my concern - how to keep the steering shaft from locking up if the wheels turn slightly going around a corner.
Most newer vehicle’s steering doesn’t lock like older vehicles. Just try moving your steering wheel with the vehicle off. I have a 2018 Mini Cooper Clubman, and a 2020 Jeep Gladiator, both with keyless ignition. Steering is unlocked on both with the key off.
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We tow a 15 Escalade which is basically the same as the Yukon. I installed a battery disconnect solenoid with the switch in the dash. I follow the procedure in the manual.
1- Start the car
2- Shift to Neutral
3- Shift the transfer case to Neutral
4- Shut off the engine
5- kill the power by pushing the battery disconnect switch
6- Shift into park and turn the steering wheel to insure wheel not locked
This works very well and tows very nice
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Most newer vehicle’s steering doesn’t lock like older vehicles. Just try moving your steering wheel with the vehicle off. I have a 2018 Mini Cooper Clubman, and a 2020 Jeep Gladiator, both with keyless ignition. Steering is unlocked on both with the key off.
I grab the steering wheel all the time when getting in the car; it always locks up.
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We tow a 15 Escalade which is basically the same as the Yukon. I installed a battery disconnect solenoid with the switch in the dash. I follow the procedure in the manual.
1- Start the car
2- Shift to Neutral
3- Shift the transfer case to Neutral
4- Shut off the engine
5- kill the power by pushing the battery disconnect switch
6- Shift into park and turn the steering wheel to insure wheel not locked
This works very well and tows very nice
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Sounds good; what remote battery disconnect do you have?
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I used this one from roadmaster it was easy to install. The manual says to disconnect the Neg but I used this one https://www.amazon.com/Roadmaster-76...24265803&psc=1 It disconnects the Pos side and works fine
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I used this one from roadmaster it was easy to install. The manual says to disconnect the Neg but I used this one https://www.amazon.com/Roadmaster-76...24265803&psc=1 It disconnects the Pos side and works fine
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Excellent - good info.
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I used this one from roadmaster it was easy to install. The manual says to disconnect the Neg but I used this one https://www.amazon.com/Roadmaster-76...24265803&psc=1 It disconnects the Pos side and works fine
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Best $150 I ever spent, easy way to disconnect battery without getting out of vehicle. Also saves wear and tear on battery connections.
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Are you certain that your key fob doesn’t have a key in it? In my Jeep, I have RKE and push button start, both of which use the key FOB. However, in the event that the Key fob stops working and doesn’t unlock the car, or the push button start fails, I have small, almost nonexistent tiny toggle switch I can depress on my key fob, holding the fob in one hand and the key chain in the other pull them apart and put comes a physical key from the key fob.

Your instructions sound to me like they are saying to separate the key from the fob, to insert the key into the ignition and turn it to ACC mode. Keep the electronics key fob outside of the vehicle.

Alternatively, it might just be poor wording and what they mean is to put the car into ACC mode using your push button start and keep the entire key fob, Key included if you actually have one, outside of the vehicle. Typically you do this by pushing the button without putting your foot on the brake, which allows you to move the ignition into ACC mode without starting the vehicle.
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I grab the steering wheel all the time when getting in the car; it always locks up.
Your provided instructions say to keep the fob outside the vehicle if you have RKE. When you grab the wheel and it locks where is the fob? In your pocket? Try leaving the fob outside or better yet in the mh. Then turn the wheel. What happens?

On edit. Keep in mind that you have already disconnected the battery by step 7 which perhaps is why the steering wheel doesn’t lock any more.
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