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Old 12-30-2015, 09:23 AM   #85
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FWIW If the dolly steers the steering wheel usually needs to be locked. IF the dolly does not steer the vehicle steering usually needs to be unlocked. Pick your dolly accordingly.

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Old 12-30-2015, 09:36 AM   #86
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I think the OP is saying that because of the push start he cant UNLOCK the wheel. So the wheel is always locked.
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Old 12-30-2015, 09:54 AM   #87
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I think the OP is saying that because of the push start he cant UNLOCK the wheel. So the wheel is always locked.
No I am saying "Because of the Push Button Start there is no steering wheel lock" Anybody else dolling a 2014 FWD escape? Any info would be appreciated.

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Old 12-31-2015, 08:51 AM   #88
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Check Craig's List. There are often used units for $1000 give or take. Watch the tire age.
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Old 02-29-2016, 12:16 AM   #89
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Brian, I own a 2014 Ford escape that I plan to dolly. I have never dollied before but have towed trailers of all sizes. My question to you: did you buy the Escape? Mine is "Push Botton Start" which means there is no steering lock. Do you dolly with the steering free??? Or must I lock the steering wheel some how. I have come across a lightly used Tow Master w/electric brakes for $1,00000

Any tow dolly with a turn table like the tow master will need to have the
steering wheel locked. If you are using a tow dolly like the acme eze tow
the steering needs to be unlocked. If using a tow dolly that has wheels that steer, the steering wheel will need to be locked. I have seen other posters tie their steering wheels with ropes or straps to keep them from turning. I hope this helps and good luck.
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Any tow dolly with a turn table like the tow master will need to have the
steering wheel locked. If you are using a tow dolly like the acme eze tow
the steering needs to be unlocked. If using a tow dolly that has wheels that steer, the steering wheel will need to be locked. I have seen other posters tie their steering wheels with ropes or straps to keep them from turning. I hope this helps and good luck.
I tow with a turntable dolly and do not have locking steering. I do not tie my steering wheel or anything else.

There is no mention of locking steering in my instructions and I have not found a reason to tie the wheel.
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I also have a master tow dolly and the steering does not lock on our . car have traveled over 10,000 miles with absolutely no problems
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I would think with the turn tables you would not want to lock your steering.
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I would think with the turn tables you would not want to lock your steering.
The bigger issue as I understand it is that you have to unlock your steering without some kind of turntable or other dolly that steers system. That was the big issue with locking columns as it got into the ignition on = battery drain problem. That was an issue on turns. The double unlock with the recent spate of non locking columns coupled with steering dollies should work fine when going ahead. The big question is what happens if one backs up. OTOH one seldom tries to back a dolly more than a few feet.
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