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Old 03-04-2012, 05:47 PM   #1
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Just bought a 07 jeep wrangler and have towed before but this manual says to disconnect the neg side of the battery? First why? Second really? LOL!!! does it need to be disconnected? I have never done it before on any other jeep. Thank for your info. Marty
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Old 03-04-2012, 06:19 PM   #2
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Just bought a 07 jeep wrangler and have towed before but this manual says to disconnect the neg side of the battery? First why? Second really? LOL!!! does it need to be disconnected? I have never done it before on any other jeep. Thank for your info. Marty
When you put your ignition key in ACC position to unlock your steering wheel it could put some draw on the battery.
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As i have stated in the another thread on this site, There is a kep position in between off (wheel locked) and ignition on.
In this position the wheel is un locked and all electrics are OFF.
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Old 03-05-2012, 07:51 AM   #4
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I have an '07 Wrangler. The battery would go dead after an 8 hour day on the road. I installed a simple blade switch on the negative battery terminal (available in most RV supply stores). Takes about 2 seconds to flip the switch.

I'm not sure about Mekanic's post, obviously that would have been simpler. You might try calling Jeep (I wouldn't trust your dealer to know) to see if they can shed any more light on Mekanic's suggestion.
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I have towed my 2007 for hundred of miles. No key position i ever found stopped the battery dying after 2 days of towing. I pull the IOD fuse (it's a quick disconnect fuse that stays in it's little holder when pulled) and this prevents complete discharge.

If you are only towing up to 4 hours per day, i wouldn't disconnect anything.
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I have an '11 Wrangler Unltd and instead of disconnecting the battery manually I had an automatic disconnect installed. It also allows a trickle of electric to keep the computer and radio memory intact. Not inexpensive though.
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I have an '11 Wrangler Unltd and instead of disconnecting the battery manually I had an automatic disconnect installed. It also allows a trickle of electric to keep the computer and radio memory intact. Not inexpensive though.
Dan, I thought the '11 Wranglers didn't have locking steering columns? Why are you disconnecting the battery?
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Just bought a 07 jeep wrangler and have towed before but this manual says to disconnect the neg side of the battery? First why? Second really? LOL!!! does it need to be disconnected? I have never done it before on any other jeep. Thank for your info. Marty
Chrysler changed the ignition module in '07 so that when the key was in the ACC position to unlock the steering wheel, all the vehicle systems powered up thus draining the battery on long runs. Earlier models simply had an unlock position, with no power being on.

The ignition module was changed again a couple of model years later (I think 2010), eliminating the steering wheel lock so it's no longer necessary to have a key in the ignition when towing and there's no need for battery disconnects as there is no longer a power drain.
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I think it was with the 2010 model year, the steering wheel lock was eliminated so no key is required for towing and there's no power drain so battery disconnects are no longer needed.
It actually started with the 2009's, and I've heard that some 2008's do not have the steering wheel lock.
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I have an 09. So I will check to see about the steering column. But if you disconnect the neg side of the battery how do I power the breaking device? I would need a separate DC power feed
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if your Wrangler doesn't have the steering wheel lock, (later build 08's on up) there's no need to have a battery disconnect...towed mine over 6K miles the last two years & have never had a problem with battery drain...
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I have an 02 Jeep Wrangler.......I disconnect the positive side of the battery using a battery disconnect solenoid.....when towing. The 02's have a steering wheel lock and need the ignition switch in the "on" position....and also has a digital odometer thats on when the key is on. My routine is.....ignition on....battery disconnected.....transfer case in neutral....tranny in neutral.....brake buddy in place.....etc. So far we towed over 2K miles with no problems.
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My routine is.....ignition on....battery disconnected.....transfer case in neutral....tranny in neutral.....brake buddy in place.....etc. So far we towed over 2K miles with no problems.
I have read on a Jeep forum, and I believe it's in the manual, that the transmission should be in 1st gear. I don't recall the reason, but there was one, and I'm just passing the info on FWIW.
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My '12 Unlimited Sport is really easy so I guess I can't be of help to you but perhaps my comments would help someone else in the future who was wondering, as did I, of the process.

I just put the tranny in N (with the engine running), shift the transfer case to N, then shift the tranny back to P, turn off the engine and take off. No mess, no fuss. Also, my odometer didn't register any miles, a bennie I hadn't expected.
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