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Old 10-11-2018, 04:56 PM   #1
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2003 Jeep Liberty Flat towing question

I just purchased an '03 Jeep Liberty Sport 4WD Automatic. Seller was second owner but first owner set it up for flat tow. Blue Ox base plate, etc still on vehicle. Wish I could speak to original owner but could not locate them.

I have read the owners manual regarding flat tow and it gives step by step instructions none of which mentions leaving the key on.

I'm new to flat towing and during my research on vehicles, it seems that most manufactures mentioned something about the key being left on in some position during the time the vehicle is towed to keep the steering unlocked.
I know what the Jeep manual says but I'm reaching out in hopes of avoiding a huge mistake.

Does anyone out there have a '03 Liberty they tow or any information to share regarding the key on/off question?

Input would be appreciated.

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Old 10-11-2018, 05:04 PM   #2
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We towed an '02 for many years and per the owners manual;

7. Shut the engine OFF and place the ignition key into
the unlocked OFF position

The front wheels need to be able to turn left and right to track with the motorhome.

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Old 10-12-2018, 11:10 AM   #3
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We towed an 03 Jeep Liberty for several years. Place the key into the unlocked off position.
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Old 10-14-2018, 09:56 PM   #5
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it is what I have. I use the second key and do exactly what the owners manual says. You have to leave a key in the ignition. There are two off positions: Off and Locked - this the position after driving, turning off, and pulling the key out. The next position (turning toward the start position) is the off but unlocked position. I can not pull the key out in this position. It is where you want the key after putting drive train in neutral.

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We towed an 06 for 10 years & what others have said about having the key in the OFF position is correct.

Have a dummy key made for this. A dummy key will insert in the ignition & do what you want it to do, but it won't have the circuitry to allow the car to be stolen. If some thief has thoughts on stealing it, it will start with the dummy key, but within a few seconds the engine will shut down.

We never had an issue with even an attempt at stealing, but a precaution we took just to be sure.


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