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Old July 30th, 2007, 01:44 PM   #1
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Hey, I bought a tow bar to tow my jeep.I thought great just hookup and go .Then my buddy asked " How do you tow a vehicle with a steering wheel that locks" Duh! Thats a good question. I have got diffrent answers so I need your help.
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Old July 30th, 2007, 01:57 PM   #2
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this outta keep you busy for awhile..
http://www.towbar.com/faqs.htm

they suggest leaving the steering wheel UNLOCKED.
I've used this method before and it works decent.....things get pretty ugly in a big hurry when you hit chatter bumps on a dirt road though...

good luck
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Old July 30th, 2007, 02:04 PM   #3
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this outta keep you busy for awhile..
http://www.towbar.com/faqs.htm

they suggest leaving the steering wheel UNLOCKED.
I've used this method before and it works decent.....things get pretty ugly in a big hurry when you hit chatter bumps on a dirt road though...

good luck
Thanks,But all that reading made me sleepy!
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Old July 30th, 2007, 02:16 PM   #4
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PM Muddypaws, he knows all about towbars.
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Old July 30th, 2007, 02:22 PM   #5
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I have towed my jeep behing my fifth wheel with a tow bar, all i did was unlock the steering. It worked fine. To Silver Lake and back 3 times.
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Old July 30th, 2007, 02:29 PM   #6
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Mine...95 yj auto

I turn the key just enough to unlock the wheel.

Since I have an aussie front and detroit rear, I unhook the drive shafts at the diffs and off I go.

No lockers, put t-case in N and tranny in P or high gear for stick.

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Old July 30th, 2007, 02:30 PM   #7
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I use to flat tow my 88 yj on 33"s to the mounds and silver lake all the time behind an explorer. Like stated above just turn the key to unlock the wheel and keep the key there. Also put your t-case in N and trans in N.

It will push you around turns and when u do turn, it takes a second for the jeep to turn. Just takes time to get use to. Also DO NOT TRY AND BACK UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It simply WILL NOT work. Instead you'll jack-knife.

If u must back up, have someone sit in the jeep and turn the wheel while you back the truck up. Or you can use the jeep and put it in R and pull the truck back. Have done those methods befor and they work.
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Old July 30th, 2007, 02:53 PM   #8
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In case no one else has mentioned it, just turn the key enough to unlock the steering wheel.






















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Old July 30th, 2007, 03:05 PM   #9
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Also DO NOT TRY AND BACK UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It simply WILL NOT work. Instead you'll jack-knife.

If u must back up, have someone sit in the jeep and turn the wheel while you back the truck up. Or you can use the jeep and put it in R and pull the truck back. Have done those methods befor and they work.
You can back up...just requires more finesse
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Did anyone say - turn the key till the steering wheel unlocks and put the T-Case in Neutral? :)

I also bungee cord the steering wheel to the brake pedal for a better return when cornering.
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Old July 30th, 2007, 03:42 PM   #11
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just put someone in the drivers seat and have a 2-way radio and call out the turns :) Also you can let it idle and use the brakes on the jeep to haha
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so drive the jeep to silver lake then take a bus home to pick up the van is the way to go?
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Old July 30th, 2007, 08:48 PM   #13
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lol @ this Thread.
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just put someone in the drivers seat and have a 2-way radio and call out the turns :) Also you can let it idle and use the brakes on the jeep to haha
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Like stated above, the first stop in the ignition switch is a dead spot used for unlocking the steering column without putting power to the switch. Then put the transfer case into neutral, transmission into first(manual) or park ( auto).
I have flat towed three different jeeps over 30,000 miles using this method with great success( read no damage, no accidents) however you need to be more careful ( give yourself more time to stop, etc.)
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Automatic in PARK
Manual in a gear
T-Case in N

If you have lockers front and rear, remove driveshafts or it won't turn. If no lockers don't worry about it.

As others said, unlock wheel.

I have flat towed for years and years. Just don't do it in the winter.
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Automatic in PARK
Manual in a gear
T-Case in N

If you have lockers front and rear, remove driveshafts or it won't turn. If no lockers don't worry about it.

As others said, unlock wheel.

I have flat towed for years and years. Just don't do it in the winter.
I said exactly that.























































just like you told me when I called you:tonka:
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No lockers, put t-case in N and tranny in D or high gear for stick.

Yourself:tonka:

Main reason for this is that maybe, sometimes, the t-case can spin a little from oil drag or whatever, and that will turn the output of the automatic trans.....this is a bad bad thing. Putting the trans in Park makes sure the output of the trans, and input of the t-case does not spin.
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if you have air lockers and they are not engaged do you still pull drive shafts ? tire wear is probably minimum ?
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Yourself:tonka:

Main reason for this is that maybe, sometimes, the t-case can spin a little from oil drag or whatever, and that will turn the output of the automatic trans.....this is a bad bad thing. Putting the trans in Park makes sure the output of the trans, and input of the t-case does not spin.
You changed my quote. :tonka:
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