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Old 07-27-2017, 10:20 PM   #1
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Jeep JK Key in ACC Position

Thought I had this sorted out but the wife and I are having differing viewpoints. In the manual, for our 2008 JK, V^, A/T Sahara, it states to disconnect the negative battery terminal and leave the key in the ACC position when towing. Battery is not an issue as we have a knife switch to disconnect. On the key part, there is no "ACC" position on the steering column and I do not think this year has steering wheel locks on the JK series. Has anyone got definite info on this? Hate to drive across the states with a key in the ignition, if I don't have to. Just tempts people unnecessarily. Thanks all,
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No key or battery disconnect needed. Manual is wrong. Has left-over information from previous manuals. If your steering wheel can be turned with the key out, you are good to go.
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At some point in the 2008 production year Jeep removed the steering wheel lock from the JK model. Mine has it, if yours does then the key needs to be in the ACC position to unlock the steering wheel. Turn the key one click to get to ACC position. The knife blade is an acceptable solution for battery disconnect, you can also pull the IOD fuse in the fuse box. Pull this up until you feel 2 clicks. This will disconnect most accessories and you don't lose your radio presets. If you do have to use a key you can go to any hardware store and get a non chipped key made and use it while towing.
Now if you do not have a steering wheel lock, there is no need to disconnect battery or turn key to ACC position. Just hook up and go.
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Thought I had this sorted out but the wife and I are having differing viewpoints. In the manual, for our 2008 JK, V^, A/T Sahara, it states to disconnect the negative battery terminal and leave the key in the ACC position when towing. Battery is not an issue as we have a knife switch to disconnect. On the key part, there is no "ACC" position on the steering column and I do not think this year has steering wheel locks on the JK series. Has anyone got definite info on this? Hate to drive across the states with a key in the ignition, if I don't have to. Just tempts people unnecessarily. Thanks all,
Since it is questionable on if you do or do not have a steering wheel lock.
Best bet is to raise the vehicle up in the front and check. Make sure you can turn lock to lock with the key out of the ignition.
I have a 2007 and it has a lock so as the previous poster mentioned just turn the key one click. I also use a knife switch on the battery. My braking breakaway system does require battery so this is wired on the other side of the knife switch. This would only be used if the vehicle actually broke away.
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