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Old 06-10-2017, 04:04 PM   #1
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2005 Grand Cherokee tow vehicle question

Recently began towing an '05 GC Limited. Problem was the battery would drain while being towed. A dealer installed a "charging wire" when he wired the coach, but it still did it.

I realize when the key is in the unlocked position there is current somewhere, unlike my previous 2001 Cherokee Sport. What I do is turn the key completely off and I have no issue. My question pertains to this. It does not seem to me like my steering locks in the off position like I expected it to. I have been keeping a close eye on my tires and the Jeep tracks when I turn. I guess I'm just wondering if this is normal, or if anyone else has experienced this.
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Old 06-10-2017, 07:28 PM   #2
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The lock position of the steering is probably with the wheel 180 degrees from straight ahead. The newer columns only lock in one ( stronger ) place compared to the multiple spots, of the vehicles when the locks were introduced. As the chipped keys came into favor the manufactures started leaving the column locks off .
About the only true test of the column lock is to raise the front end of the Jeep and rotate the steering wheel ; from full left to full right with the key off; to see where the locking up happens.

Charge wire should stay ahead of any draw ? Have you checked the voltage at the Jeep battery , hooked up with the coach running, If the dealer wired it with a fuse , ( the correct way ) the fuse may be blown.
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I tow an 07 jeep GC. Starting in 2005 they did away with the steering lock. Your owners manual should tell to remove key from switch when towing.

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2005 Grand Cherokee tow vehicle question

Thank you for the responses! You have confirmed what I suspected. If I continue to have a battery drain problem, I know where to come for help!
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