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Old 09-25-2016, 03:36 PM   #1
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Question Necessary to Lock Steering?

When making the changeover in my 2012 Jeep Liberty for flat towing, nothing is said about locking the steering wheel. Is it necessary to do so?
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To flat tow...you MUST UNLOCK the toad's steering.

The front axle steering of the toad must be able to pivot to make turns.

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You should read the owner's manual for the correct procedure on your vehicle. I'm sure it will NOT say to lock the steering wheel!
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Thanks. Truth is, I've been flat towing the Liberty since the end of July with steering wheel unlocked. Saw something the other day that made me wonder.
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You want to lock the steering wheel if you're using a tow dolly. Lock it when flat towing and you'll buying new front tires for your toad after every trip.
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You want to lock the steering wheel if you're using a tow dolly. Lock it when flat towing and you'll buying new front tires for your toad after every trip.
You don't need to lock the steering on a dolly towed car.

Many cars no longer have steering locks and are dolly towed all of the time.

Flat towing must have the steering unlocked.
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You do lock your steering wheel on all tow Dolly's with the exception of a Acme tow dolly and with that tow dolly you leave it unlocked and of course unlocked for flat tow or 4 wheels down.
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You do lock your steering wheel on all tow Dolly's with the exception of a Acme tow dolly and with that tow dolly you leave it unlocked and of course unlocked for flat tow or 4 wheels down.
Are you suggesting that dolly towed cars, without locking steering, need some kind of lock, unless using a Acme dolly ?

I have unlocked steering, with a Stehl Tow dolly. They make no mention of it in the instructions. Towed thousands of trouble free miles.

Why would it be necessary to lock the steering ?
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Are you suggesting that dolly towed cars, without locking steering, need some kind of lock, unless using a Acme dolly ?

I have unlocked steering, with a Stehl Tow dolly. They make no mention of it in the instructions. Towed thousands of trouble free miles.
Have a pivot tow dolly, and my current tow vehicle has unlocked steering. I just use the seat belt to wrap around the bottom of steering wheel once, then move the electric seat back to put tension on it. Figured I didn't want the wheel turning around much, and it's easy/quick to use the belt.
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With a pivoting-type tow dolly the steering wheel should be locked so that the dolly pivot does the turning, not the car. With a non-pivot type (e.g. Acme), the steering in the car must be allowed to turn.

I don't know if anything necessarily goes wrong if the steering is left unlocked on a Stehl, Master Tow, etc, but those all have pivot hardware in the dolly itself, so there is no reason to leave the vehicle ignition in the unlock position.

Not all vehicles lock the steering when the ignition is off (My Buick Verano is an example). It depends on how the anti-theft system works. I actually strap down the steering wheel (takes about 30 seconds using the seat belt) to reduce steering wheel play.
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