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Old 05-03-2013, 03:27 PM   #1
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Trouble while towing Jeep

Hopefully someone can provide some insight as to how to rectify this problem:

We flat tow a 2008 Jeep Sahara behind a 2004 Winnebago Sightseer.
The problem is that when we go around a curve the jeep skids. It literally sounds like the brakes are locking up.

We have tried deactivating the esp system, removing the brake buddy and even replaced ESP switch.

What else should we try? Please help with your thoughts and suggestions.

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Old 05-03-2013, 03:33 PM   #2
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Does it have steering wheel lock? That would do it.
If so, key must be in the 1st position.

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Old 05-03-2013, 03:40 PM   #3
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Yep, sounds like the steering wheel is locking.
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Old 05-03-2013, 03:43 PM   #4
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All the instructions for flat towing your Jeep , should be in the owners manual.
If you don't have the manual it should be available on-line.
If you have followed those instructions , and still have issues, please re-ply to this post; with other info about the Jeep .
Manual or auto trans ? Stock tires and wheels ? Any aftermarket mods, lift kit? steering stabilizer ? First time towing this unit or is this a new problem with a Jeep you towed before ?
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Old 05-03-2013, 03:45 PM   #5
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Is this the first time to tow - or used to tow ok, and is a newly occurring issue?
  • Parking brake released
  • Transfer case to neutral (verify by putting in drive with foot on brake, blip the throttle a bit and engine should rev freely and not try to move forward)
  • Transmission to park (auto) or in any gear (manual)
  • Steering column unlocked (if it has a lock)
If the front wheels are getting crossed up (turned to the opposite steering lock or the other ) when turning a corner, tie a bungee cord from the steering wheel to the seat base will usually alleviate this from happening.
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Old 05-03-2013, 05:12 PM   #6
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We have followed all of the owners manual instructions. My husband says the key is in first position (I will check for myself when we stop since we are towing to Yosemite now). The jeep has an automatic transmission. It only locks up (or whatever it's doing)on mountain roads or on big curved freeway on/off ramps that are banked and not when we are making right or left turns. Maybe this is due to the difference in speed. We have had this issue since we first started towing last year. Thank you for all your replies. I will check back in as soon as I get a chance to check what position the key is in.
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Old 05-03-2013, 05:20 PM   #7
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Make sure you verify the steering wheel is turning when you verify the key position. I have a 2008 also and have put 25-30,000 miles towing with no issues.
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You might have the sensitivity on your brake box not adjusted correctly. It might be activating to soon. Not sure what type it is,but should be adjustable I tow an '06 and disabled the wheel lock. On '08 s I believe they don't have steering wheel lock, but confirm in owners manual
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Is the first position, "off" , "on" , or "acc"?
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What about a locking differential? Since it only happens when turning.
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Originally Posted by Alessandra View Post
Is the first position, "off" , "on" , or "acc"?
Acc is where you want this to be
That will leave the steering wheel unlocked if it has a lock and leave the ignition not active
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Originally Posted by mgscott4 View Post
What about a locking differential? Since it only happens when turning.
That shouldn't be an issue as long as the transfer case is in neutral.
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Put a piece of white tape about 3" wide at the 12:00 position on your steering wheel. You can check in your back up camera if it moves back and forth when you turn. It will move over to the 1 or 2 o'clock position when turning if not locked.
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Originally Posted by Alessandra View Post
Is the first position, "off" , "on" , or "acc"?
ACC is the first position past LOCK. ON is the next one, and you don't want to use that.

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