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Old 05-05-2013, 01:04 PM   #29
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I tow an 08. It has a steering wheel lock. When you insert the key it is in the off positionn,1 click is accessory and 2clicks starts the engine...For towing key MUST be in position 2. When I start driving I watch from my rear view mirror the left front tire of the jeep as I make a left turn,then right turn to see that the tires of the jeep are following the maneuver. If this has been happening for many miles the front tires need to be checked as they may have been compromised.
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Old 05-05-2013, 01:27 PM   #30
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As mentioned earlier, use white tape, or in my case I use a whit rag, fastened at the 12 clock position of the steering wheel. Do some normal turns and see if the white rag turns as expected. If it does I would have the Jeep alignment checked an make sure there is enough castor.
Does the Jeep seem a little "twitchy" when driving?
Let us know what you find out.
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Old 05-05-2013, 09:11 PM   #31
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Remove the locking capability

I tow an '07 Rubicon Unlimited (4 door) and one time thought I had the key in the correct position so the steering wheel would not lock, but no, it locked turning out of the CG. A nice guy flagged me down before I had gone 2 miles to let me know the front wheels were locked off to the right and I was dragging it front tires out of line. Put it right for the trip home but took it to my local car repair guy as soon as we got home and had him disable the steering lock completely. Never want any chance of that happening again. Now don't have to leave the key in the jeep, just lock the door and put the key in my pocket. Dont have to worry about the battery either. Makes hook up easier with no worry about it. Cheap at $175. Just sayin.
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Old 05-05-2013, 09:55 PM   #32
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yeah yeah you guys are really funny but i have towed thing you guys cant even think of and have seen all the games ppl play

i have towed 20 yes as high as 20 tons befor with a A frame

even towed my 15 ton rv home with a a frame and CK4500

thats what i did for a living for 30 years
and if you look you can see the 3 in canal still and 2 balls for adding the a frame when some thing needed to be towed home

And do you under stand that really happens when you add atf fluid in power steering pump as some ppl add it to slow down a leak as it is thicker

so MOblue and vsheet what did you too do for a living or towing

and i am asking nicely
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Old 05-05-2013, 10:42 PM   #33
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In 2008 you have a JK or JKL One thing to check and this has happened to me is that your Jeep has a split front axle. There is a there is a spline that is vaccum operated and at times cane jam up. you won't notice when driving unless you have locking differentials. But when you are towing it will want to keep the wheels straight.
There is a plate on the axle tube with 4 bolts. Remove plate and put some oil, silcone spray, WD40 or some type of lubricant to free it up. DO NOT USE GREASE They hang up due to lack of use.
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Terry - I don't have the variety of towing experiences you have, but I do have a goodly amount of experience with towing Jeeps with motorhomes which is the topic at hand. While your suggested solution may have an effect, I don't believe, from my experience with Jeeps, it would be addressing the real root cause of the OP's issue.

I do bow to your wide experience and apologize if I was inappropriate.
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Old 05-05-2013, 11:32 PM   #35
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truth be told you could be right i have not towed a jeep
but OP sade it was only when going fast only when trying to turn fast
sounds to me and have see alot just dont giving it time for the wheel to turn
ppl to make fun of me in a side of things i do know a lot about
then i well say how i feel and show where i am coming from and my under standing of what i see
what ? is the saying when it comes to free advice and payed i am sure some one knows the saying just cant think of it LOL
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Old 05-12-2013, 03:42 PM   #36
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Problem Solved!

Many thanks for the advice, suggestions and thoughts you all provided to help me solve this problem.

Drum roll please.... The key was in the second position. Once we turned it to acc/ first position the problem was resolved.

We were able to safely tow our jeep down and back out of the Yosemite Valley where we spent a beautiful week. (No Internet connection-hence the late reply)

Thanks to all for your support on this forum.
My male husband would not have listened to me without the backing of all you knowledgable and experienced tow enthusiasts.

Yahoo! We're not selling the jeep!
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Dang, thought for sure it was gonna be ATF in the power steering, so disappointed:.(
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Yep... Worse case always RTM.
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Guy's I tow a Jeep Wrangler with a auto trans and MANUAL transfer case, when I bought mine there were two transfer case options one not towable; and I believethe Sahara was two wheel drive
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Glad you got the problem resolved.

Thanks for posting the resolution feedback.
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