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Old 03-03-2020, 11:05 PM   #1
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I've been traveling in motorhomes for years. I am now retired and looking to pull a car with me for the first time. I'm looking for advice on my tow vehicle. I have decided to tow with a car dolly and a 06 hhr. The problem I'm running onto is the hhr steering wheel doesn't lock until the wheel has turned 1/4 turn. Seems like I could get into a dog legging situation before the wheel locks. Any thought on this would be greatly appreciated.
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we dolly towed a mini cooper where the steering wheel didn't lock at all........took a motorcycle tiedown strap, wrapped around steering wheel and secured to brake pedal..............towed like that for a couple of years, no problems.............................
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X2 on lashing an unlocked steering wheel while using a dolly. Works fine. Your only challenge will be leaving the wheel unlocked in your specific vehicle while not having the key in accessory mode which can kill a battery. But aside from potentially needing to add a battery disconnect, mechanically lashing the steering wheel is a very common practice.
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I have pulled a 2007 HHR for 13 years with no problems. Turn the key to the first position which unlocks the wheel. Pull fuse number 8 and go. I love the HHR, also if you should leave it in gear while towing donnot worry. I towed about 135 miles in drive, scared when realized. BE SURE TO PULL THE FUSE or you have a dead battery in short order. Good Luck hbrandon Sorry missed the fact you are using a dolly
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jsmmonaco:

Don't fall into the trap of expecting your toad's steering wheel not to lock on you; it will. That is a serious safety issue and an avoidable disaster.

We flat tow a 2013 Honda CR-V. Per the owner's manual, we leave the key in the first position to keep the wheel from locking. The problem with doing this on many vehicles is that the radio and potentially other dash accessories turn on and bleed the toad's battery. We solved that problem on our CR-V by switching the radio fuse.

We've seen a number of HHR's being flat towed in our travels. Heed any owner insights and experience.

Be safe...
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If your using a Acme tow dolly don't lock or tie the steering wheel. It requires that the steering be unlocked and not tied down.

With most other dollys you can lock or tie the steering, although I don't and have not had any issues.

Double trailers don't limit the steering between the 5th wheel pin and hitch to the leading trailer. It all just follows right behind.
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I've been traveling in motorhomes for years. I am now retired and looking to pull a car with me for the first time. I'm looking for advice on my tow vehicle. I have decided to tow with a car dolly and a 06 hhr. The problem I'm running onto is the hhr steering wheel doesn't lock until the wheel has turned 1/4 turn. Seems like I could get into a dog legging situation before the wheel locks. Any thought on this would be greatly appreciated.
I have a 2010 HHR flat towed for 4 years no problem I do not have store a dolly only 2 pins to remove from base plate and #8 fuse.
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I'm sorry I did not explain fully my situation. I have a car caddy tow dolly and the dolly steers, so I don't want the cars wheel to turn. The cars steering wheel will turn up to 1/4 turn before it locks. That's a lot giving it has rack and pinion steering.
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