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Old 02-25-2014, 12:07 PM   #1
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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?
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Old 02-25-2014, 12:20 PM   #2
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I wounder if you have seen those switches that mount on the battery post and the cable you just removed from the battery post goes on the end of this switch. To work the switch you twist a knob that disconnects the battery. So this is quick and easy to use just open the hood up and turn this knob, also you don't have to cut into the cables, just install this switch between the battery post and the vehicle cable.
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You can get a battery disconnect switch at either a RV store or Marine supply. They are easily installed.
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I bought these at advanced auto parts. I only used the negative side, it's safer to disconnect negative and leave the positive on. It's a quick release terminal and makes it a breeze, no tools needed, just use your fingers and they hold just as tight at the originals.
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Did something change between the 2002 and 2004? On my 2002, I turn key to unlock the steering but no power to anything at that point. I turn running lights on at night and power the brake buddy. Even had to add another 12v aux port that is direct connect so it has power. I do start it every now and then at rest stops and at the end of the day just to allow some charge. Don't tow behind a MH but do behind truck and Tahoe.
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On my 2005 TJ Rubi I don't do anything to disable power.
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As mentioned earlier the ignition doesn't have to be in the ON position to free the steering wheel lock. The key has 5 positions. Starting from the rear most position they are. ACC, Lock, Off, On/Run, and Start. The key only has to be in the Off position to free the steering lock.

If you're concerned about security and have the Sentry Key option (chipped key) you can have a non chipped key cut at almost any hardware store. It will start the engine but the engine will only run 2 seconds if it doesn't recognize the proper key.

If you don't have this option you can fully lower the glove box and remove fuse #4. The engine will crank over but not start if this fuse is removed. We've towed our 04 Wrangler thousands of miles with only the key in the off position.

Whenever we tow it we make sure we have the hardtop on and the doors locked. If you only have a soft top and half doors removing the fuse is the best option. Just don't forget to reinstall it when you want to drive the Jeep.
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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 used this rotary battery disconnect switch and it seems to do the job.
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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?

This is a little off topic, I just wanted to know where you had your Jeep fitted for towing? I have looked at the Blue Ox and don't know where to get my Jeep Wrangler fitted for towing.
It may be said, that I am looking to purchase a Jeep wrangler, I hope I am not putting the cart before the horse, but I did just purchase a used Coach....
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This is a little off topic, I just wanted to know where you had your Jeep fitted for towing?
Doesn't answer your question, but; if you don't mind a Saturday project, doing it yourself is not difficult. I did mine and wrote it up here. I went with a Blue Ox base plate and Cooltech harness (on a 2010 JK).
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This is a little off topic, I just wanted to know where you had your Jeep fitted for towing? I have looked at the Blue Ox and don't know where to get my Jeep Wrangler fitted for towing.
It may be said, that I am looking to purchase a Jeep wrangler, I hope I am not putting the cart before the horse, but I did just purchase a used Coach....

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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.
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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?
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As mentioned earlier the ignition doesn't have to be in the ON position to free the steering wheel lock. The key has 5 positions. Starting from the rear most position they are. ACC, Lock, Off, On/Run, and Start. The key only has to be in the Off position to free the steering lock.

If you're concerned about security and have the Sentry Key option (chipped key) you can have a non chipped key cut at almost any hardware store. It will start the engine but the engine will only run 2 seconds if it doesn't recognize the proper key.

If you don't have this option you can fully lower the glove box and remove fuse #4. The engine will crank over but not start if this fuse is removed. We've towed our 04 Wrangler thousands of miles with only the key in the off position.
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Both are correct.

Also,
If a vehicle has a steering lock, it simply MUST have a position that will turn off the ignition and NOT lock the steering wheel.
This is a federal safety standard. It be there so that you can shut off the engine in case of stuck throttle.
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battery disconnect....

Amazon.com: Battery-Disconnect Switch: Automotive
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