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Old 07-02-2014, 06:09 PM   #1
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Liberty Steering Lock

I'm switching over from a tow dolly to four down and bought a used 2006 Liberty. Twice now I have followed all the steps per the manual to tow and put the key in what seemed like an off/unlocked position as I can give the wheel a half turn and it doesn't engage the steer lock. As I turn at the top of our street I immediately can feel it pulling the MH around. Stop and check and the steering is locked full turn. It seems the only way to pull the Liberty is with the key in the ignition and in the off/unlocked position. Is this right or am I missing something?
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Old 07-02-2014, 06:51 PM   #2
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Yup! That's the easiest solution. Of course then you have to find a way to disconnect your battery while the key is "on".

Lots of solutions to the battery problem and I'm sure many will jump in with specific solutions for your "toad".

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After setting up the transfer case and transmission, I shut down the engine and remove the smart key. I then use a dumb key and turn the ignition switch on, put the transmission in any gear or neutral, and turn the dumb key to off. It will not go to the lock position as long as the transmission is not in park. Once I have the key in the correct position I put the transmission back in park. By doing this, I know I won't accidentally return the key to the lock position. You do not need to disconnect the battery.

Also, if by some freak occurrence someone tries to steal my toad by disconnecting the tow bar, the dumb key won't allow the engine to run. I doubt someone would try to steal the toad as I lock all connections on the tow bar.
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Many years of Chrysler products only had one steering lock position , 180 degrees from straight ahead, they did away with the 16 lock places because the system proved too fragile to stop thieves. A quick snap of the wheel would break the lock pin and away the car went.
I'm using the valet key in the ignition and a battery disconnect, I've seen posts where members have removed the lock pin so they don't have to leave a key in , but haven't looked into that yet.
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Old 07-03-2014, 06:55 AM   #5
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Excellent info, thank you all.
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Apparently, there was a change in the design of the Liberty. My 2012 4x4 has no steering lock and there are very specific instructions for towing 4 down in the Owner's manual, which are quite different from what is being discussed here.
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In 2008, I believe, Jeep did away with the steering wheel locks.
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FYI, just to put a period on this topic. I had a key cut for the ignition that does not have the chip in it. After I get the transfer case in N and the trans all set up I turn the key to lock, pull the key with the chip and replace it with the dummy, one turn to unlock and no need to pull any fuses. I double check it's good buy muscling the wheel a full turn.
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I don't know what the problem could be.
'05 liberty,.....leave the key in ignition, turn to 1st click, no battery disconnect, no 2nd key, no problems ever.
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We had a 2005. Always left the key in ignition, one click, when used as toad. Never had a problem.


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