Originally Posted by Steve Lutz
Hey Bob--Yes, my 2019 manual reads the same. Here's the issue. If I follow the instructions exactly, I'm told to shift the transmission into Drive and then turn off the engine (which occurs by pushing the on/off button). However, when I push the on/off button with the vehicle in drive it goes into ACC mode, it does not shut "off." If I push the on/off button a second time to try to get out of ACC mode it starts the engine...so then I have to push the on/off button a 3rd time to actually get the engine to shut off. Seems weird to me....so I've been towing in ACC mode which is apparently draining the battery.
Interesting. I checked the towing instructions for my 2012 Wrangler and it has the same instruction sequence as you describe (ignition OFF with transmission in Drive), however I don't think I ever did that. My recollection is always shifting to Park prior to turning off the engine.
The instructions for my current Jeep, a 2014 Cherokee with push button ignition, after shifting the transfer case are as follows:
Shift the transmission into REVERSE.
Release the brake pedal for five seconds and ensure that there is no vehicle movement.
Shift the transmission to NEUTRAL.
Apply the parking brake.
Shift the transmission into PARK, turn the engine OFF.
Based on this, and comments from previous posters, I think the printed sequence for the Wrangler is incorrect.