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Old 03-18-2012, 09:58 AM   #29
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No one has mentioned pulling the IOD fuse under the hood. My 07 steering does lock so I do have to leave the key on ACC when towing. The IOD fuse stops battery drain. Obviously, this is not needed on 08 and later JK's.
Not quite correct....the '08s also need the key to unlock the steering. I have an '08. The change started with '09s.
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Old 03-18-2012, 10:10 AM   #30
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Not quite correct....the '08s also need the key to unlock the steering. I have an '08. The change started with '09s.
Good to know. You mean you can't believe everything you read on the internet?
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Just got back from a 1,000 mile round trip towing the Jeep. Just hooked it up (transfer in N, tranny in P) and took off. It doesn't get easier than that.
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Old 03-18-2012, 11:13 AM   #32
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I have read posts from some '08 owners that they do not have the locking steering wheel. It was probably a case where Jeep made the change starting with some late production '08s. If you have an '08 and a couple of jack stands, it's very easy to check whether or not your steering wheel locks.
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Old 03-19-2012, 09:15 AM   #33
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I have read posts from some '08 owners that they do not have the locking steering wheel. It was probably a case where Jeep made the change starting with some late production '08s. If you have an '08 and a couple of jack stands, it's very easy to check whether or not your steering wheel locks.
I've read the same thing and guess that it changed somewhere mid year. All I do know for sure is my 07 LOCKS!!
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Old 03-21-2012, 04:59 AM   #34
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Never got the reason to remove the battery cable. 06 Wrangler key in eng off pos, trans in park, t/case in netural, 012 wrangler key in my pocket, trans in park, t/case in netural. Getting the T/case in/out of the netural position can be a pain. I usually have my DW with me and simply rock the jeep a little bit and the t/case will shift easly into 2 high, before starting the engine.
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I pull my wrangler with t/case in neutral and trans in neutral. As others, i have a mental issue with one in neutral and other in PARK. This does not seem right. Guess i don,t understand the workings of this mechanism. I have had no trouble, yet.
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Regarding the battery disconnect on '09 and later Wranglers with no steering locks, I think Jeep is just protecting against the worst case scenario. Even with the key off there is a slight draw on the battery, mainly your radio to maintain station pre-sets. However the draw is so slight in would take weeks of non-operation of the Jeep for the battery to run down.
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Old 03-21-2012, 09:02 PM   #37
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this is straight out of my 2006 Jeep Manual (auto trans)
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7. Shut the engine off and place the ignition key into the unlocked OFF position.
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I have 2 keys. I leave one in the ignition to unlock the steering and I lock it in. I've never had a problem with the battery on the jeep going dead.

I have a copy of the above instructions in the RV and another copy in the Jeep and I make sure I follow it every time. So far everything has been fine.

Just my 2 cents worth.
The unlocked OFF position is not the Acc. position.

There is NO NEED to pull fuses if you use this unlocked off position as the instructions says.
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I pull my wrangler with t/case in neutral and trans in neutral. As others, i have a mental issue with one in neutral and other in PARK. This does not seem right. Guess i don,t understand the workings of this mechanism. I have had no trouble, yet.
You really don't want to do that. The reason you keep the transmission in gear (P for autos) is because the transmission has no lubrication when the engine is not running so you want to make sure it's not turning. It can turn just from fluid drag through the clutch if there isn't something holding it in place.

Jeep's instructions on this are pretty clear. Don't leave the transmission in neutral.

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Seems so easy just to follow the factory recommendation.
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Seems so easy just to follow the factory recommendation.
You'd think. I've read and heard of (in the case of '09 & '10 models)wrangler owners saying that their manuals state "Turn the Ignition to the acc. position"...why they do not have a column lock. It's a Jeep thing. Bob
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I contacted Jeep to verify that there is no steering wheel lock on my 2011 Wangler Unlimited. I was told that there is no steering wheel lock and it can be towed without the key in it. The owner's manual still says to put the ignition in the Acc position and Jeep told me that they just haven't corrected the manual yet. I have towed it about 6000 miles with no key, transfer case in N and transmission in P.

I added a ToadCharge system to it so the Jeep battery gets charged while towing. Comes in handy when the Jeep lights are on frequently, like heavy traffic or night driving.
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I just took 20 minutes and disabled the steering lock on my 01 wrangler. No key needed anymore.
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