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Old 06-11-2015, 06:04 AM   #1
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Steering Wheel Locked or Unlocked on Toad?

Getting ready for my first flat tow of a 2005 Jeep Liberty. All set up with the proper Towmaster equipment, from lights to breaking buddy assist. But not anywhere does anyone mention if the steering wheel should be locked or unlocked. My mind logic, says the front wheels need to turn and follow the MH to eliminate potential binding.
Am I on the right track?

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Old 06-11-2015, 06:13 AM   #2
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Yes sir!!!. If not it will not track properly and will be scrubbibg the tires.

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Yes, UNlocked. Usually the first click of the key in the ignition. Second click would be ACC mode and turn on unnecessary electronics. /ken
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Old 06-11-2015, 06:18 AM   #4
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I suggest you find out if it has a steering lock or not. Since the manual doesn't speak to it, it may not have one. I've never owned a Liberty so I don't know.
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Unlocked for sure.

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Old 06-11-2015, 06:39 AM   #6
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If your Liberty is like my Cherokee, it may have a security chip in the key. If it does, get a non-chip key made and use it while towing. You won't have to worry if someone breaks in, because they won't be able to start the Jeep.
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Old 06-11-2015, 06:56 AM   #7
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From the 2005 Jeep Liberty Owners Manual instructions.
7. Shut the engine OFF and place the ignition key into
the unlocked OFF position.
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Old 06-16-2015, 12:38 PM   #8
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I tow an 06 liberty and t is one click back from the run position. You do have a lock position.
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Old 07-06-2015, 04:11 PM   #9
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We tow an '04 liberty and if the key is in the 'run' position or next to 'start' the wheel is unlocked but the panel is on and it will track mileage on the odometer while being towed. If it is in the first (acc) position it will unlock the wheel but not turn on the panel and will not track mileage.
As a test just start the engine and turn the wheel all the way in one direction and then shut of the engine and remove the key. The steering wheel should then lock. Then insert the key and turn it to the first position - the wheel should unlock but the panel will be off. It will unlock in the run position but the panel will be on.

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