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Old 03-28-2016, 07:47 PM   #1
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Jeep Wrangler towing

I am so confused about towing my 2011 Jeep Wrangler Sahara..... I've installed my tow bars, brakes and lights but now the questions come......do I have to tie my steering wheel down so it doesn't wobble the wheels? ( my steering wheel doesn't lock) so do I need to bypass the battery? What is the procedure to put my drive shaft in neutral. I have a manual transmission I am supposed to disengage the transmission.....I am so confused. Any guidelines or step by step instructions on towing my jeep without me destroying it would be helpful.....I know a lot of people pull their wranglers. Help!

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Old 03-28-2016, 09:37 PM   #2
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The front wheel need to be able to turn. No need to tie down the steering. If you have a steering column lock, it needs to be unlocked.

No need to disconnect battery.

The transfer case is set to neutral - this is what allows the front and rear axles to freewheel. The manual transmission is placed in any gear - this keeps any residual friction through the transfer case from turning the transmission while it is not lubricated via the running engine.

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Old 03-29-2016, 04:53 AM   #3
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You may want to keep handy copies of pages 478-482 of your Wrangler's owners manual (downloadable here). This is the "Recreational Towing" section.

I printed the instructions for our toad, laminated them and kept the card in plain sight so we could refer to it every time.
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Old 03-29-2016, 05:41 AM   #4
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Your 11 should not have a steering lock so no need to keep the key in and on. I have a 12 with manual transmission and the owner's manual is wrong in this situation. Jeep didn't bother to update the owner's manual. As was stated above, if flat towing, wheels need to turn and because there is no steering lock to disable, no need to keep key in and disconnect the battery.

Transfer case in neutral, transmission in any gear, and parking brake off. I suggest referring to the owner's manual for procedures to place the transfer case in and out of neutral to eliminate the possibility of gear clash.

Happy towing.
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Old 03-29-2016, 07:01 AM   #5
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You will laugh in a couple of months when you realize how easy this was
You just have to get to that comfort level first...

the wrangler is the easiest thing around to tow, you won't even know it's there (if you hook it up correctly - or maybe if you don't !!!!! )

before you ask about the wrangler,
focus in on the tow bar hookup first.

then the wrangler, as stated in the owners manual,
shift transfer case into neutral,
then pull the key out - you are set !

As a second check, I usually put it in gear and try to accelerate to see if I did get it in neutral... but you'll be fine !

Where are you located, there are those that might help...
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Old 03-29-2016, 07:11 AM   #6
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I just downloaded and printed the manual instructions as suggested. Thank you for your help. Much appreciated
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Old 03-29-2016, 07:15 AM   #7
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located in Connecticut, altho its been a decent winter, the weather still has been iffy at best... its hard to get out there in the cold wind and rain to work on the newbie stuff I need to ...we dry camped in the driveway, had a blast and figured out a number of things we need to purchase, so on the crappy days we are out shopping for the necessities.

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