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Old 02-25-2014, 06:19 PM   #15
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Almost ready to flat tow my 2004 Jeep Wrangler, all I have left is to figure how to cut the power off after I turn on the ignition switch to free the steering. Any suggestions?
We tow a 2006 Wrangler Rubicon. I disabled the steering wheel lock, a pretty simple operation. When ready to tow, I turn off the key, pull from ignition and lock the doors. I also ran an additional wire in the six pin connector that's fused and charges the battery from the coach. I don't use a brake buddy any more, but they do pull some juice.
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Old 02-25-2014, 08:17 PM   #16
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"justaroamer In '08, Jeep took off the steering lock on Wranglers, but did not change the manual instructions stating to disconnect battery. On my '08 Rubicon, steering did not lock, so key out and did not disconnect battery...same on '12 Rubicon and '13 GC that I tow.
I believe this thread needs to be in "Toads and MH Towing" for best responses. Hellooo admin.....
http://www.irv2.com/forums/f85"


Just FYI, this isn't true for all 2008 Wranglers. Ours came off the line in March and the steering does lock. The change was made at some point during the production year - I don't recall when - so later ones don't lock like ours does.
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"justaroamer In '08, Jeep took off the steering lock on Wranglers, but did not change the manual instructions stating to disconnect battery. On my '08 Rubicon, steering did not lock, so key out and did not disconnect battery...same on '12 Rubicon and '13 GC that I tow.
I believe this thread needs to be in "Toads and MH Towing" for best responses. Hellooo admin.....
http://www.irv2.com/forums/f85"


Just FYI, this isn't true for all 2008 Wranglers. Ours came off the line in March and the steering does lock. The change was made at some point during the production year - I don't recall when - so later ones don't lock like ours does.
Ours was built in April of 2008 and it locks.
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To clarify, when I said "later ones don't lock like ours does." I should have said "Some later ones..."
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I wouldn't want anyone to think that because theirs came off the liner after March, it wouldn't lock. As Rich and Cork pointed out, theirs came off in April and they were still making the locking ones then.

I can't recall now where I found out what month the change took place. I think it was in thread on one of the RV sites but it could have been one of the Jeep forums.

It's easy enough to check without knowing your month of manufacture. Just have the key in the right position and really turn the wheel. Or you could find it out when you're not in the proper position on the ignition the first time you try to tow. First hard corner you take, the steering wheel will lock up. You'll know it. We did.
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The details seem to vary somewhat from year to year (of the Jeep Wrangler). My 2010 has pretty clear instructions in the owners manual and has only four key positions (Lock, ACC, On/Run, Start). The manual states that the battery is to be disconnected and the key in the ACC position when towing.
I've been thinking about this the last couple days and made an observation. My 2010 JK steering wheel does not lock - at all! This is not what the owner's manual says but it is true. surprise... surprise.... I bought it used so it is possible the PO defeated the lock mechanism.
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My Liberty doesn't have one either. Maybe it"s because they ate so often towed.
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Just wanted to thank everyone for the replies. I did use your thoughts and figured it out. A simple disconnect on the battery negative side did the trick. Talking to you guy's really helped. Thanks.
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