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Has the steering wheel lock be eliminated?

Do new cars still have a steering wheel lock?

I don't have my Cherokee yet so need to ask about the sterling wheel lock that is on my old car. To flat tow, you need to have a key in the ignition and turned to disable the steering wheel lock. I can't find anything about having to do this in the on-line owners manual.
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Re: Has the steering wheel lock be eliminated?

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Do new cars still have a steering wheel lock?

I don't have my Cherokee yet so need to ask about the sterling wheel lock that is on my old car. To flat tow, you need to have a key in the ignition and turned to disable the steering wheel lock. I can't find anything about having to do this in the on-line owners manual.
It is fully documented in the User Guide and Owners Manual (p514). Here is what the User Guide states and it should answer all of your questions (note key fob is removed is you don't have keyless):

Recreational Towing — 4WD Models with 2-Speed Power Transfer Unit
• The power transfer unit must be shifted into NEUTRAL (N) and the transmission
must be in PARK for recreational towing. The NEUTRAL (N) selection button is
adjacent to the power transfer unit selector switch. Shifts into and out of
NEUTRAL (N) can take place with the selector switch in any mode position.
CAUTION!
• DO NOT dolly tow any 4WD vehicle. Internal damage to the transmission or
power transfer unit will occur if a dolly is used when recreational towing.
• Tow only in a forward direction. Towing this vehicle backwards can cause severe
damage to the power transfer unit.
• The transmission must be in PARK for recreational towing.
• Before recreational towing, perform the procedure outlined under “Shifting
into NEUTRAL (N)” to be certain that the power transfer unit is fully in
NEUTRAL (N). Otherwise, internal damage will result.
• Failure to follow these procedures can cause severe transmission and/or power
transfer unit damage. Damage from improper towing is not covered under the
New Vehicle Limited Warranty.
• Do not use a bumper-mounted clamp-on tow bar on your vehicle. The bumper
face bar will be damaged.
Shifting Into NEUTRAL
• Use the following procedure to prepare your vehicle for recreational towing.
1. Bring the vehicle to a complete stop and shift the transmission to PARK.
2. Turn the engine OFF.
3. Turn the ignition switch to the ON/RUN position, but do not start the engine.
4. Press and hold the brake pedal.
5. Shift the transmission into NEUTRAL.
6. Using a ballpoint pen or similar object, press and hold the recessed NEUTRAL (N)
button (located by the selector switch) for four seconds. The light behind the
NEUTRAL (N) symbol will blink, indicating shift in progress. The light will stop
blinking (stay on solid) when the shift to NEUTRAL (N) is complete.
7. After the shift is completed and the NEUTRAL (N) light stays on, release the
NEUTRAL (N) button.
8. Start the engine.
9. Shift the transmission into REVERSE.
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10. Release the brake pedal for five seconds and ensure that there is no vehicle
movement.
11. Shift the transmission to NEUTRAL.
12. Apply the parking brake.
13. Shift the transmission into PARK, turn the engine OFF and remove the key fob.
14. Attach the vehicle to the tow vehicle using a suitable tow bar.
15. Release the parking brake.
NOTE:
• Steps 1 through 5 are requirements that must be met prior to pressing the
NEUTRAL (N) button, and must continue to be met until the shift has been
completed. If any of these requirements are not met prior to pressing the
NEUTRAL (N) button or are no longer met during the shift, then the NEUTRAL (N)
indicator light will flash continuously until all requirements are met or until the
NEUTRAL (N) button is released.
• The ignition switch must be in the ON/RUN position for a shift to take place and
for the position indicator lights to be operable. If the ignition switch is not in the
ON/RUN position, the shift will not take place and no position indicator lights will
be on or flashing.
• A flashing NEUTRAL (N) position indicator light indicates that shift requirements
have not been met.
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Re: Flat towing behind an RV

Thanks for posting all this detail. I have read it several times in the on-line manual --- BUT --- my question is different and is really independent of flat towing.

Does the Cherokee have a lock that prevents the steering wheel from turning unless the ignition key is in and turned - or the keyless ignition put in a similar state?
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Re: Flat towing behind an RV

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Thanks for posting all this detail. I have read it several times in the on-line manual --- BUT --- my question is different and is really independent of flat towing.

Does the Cherokee have a lock that prevents the steering wheel from turning unless the ignition key is in and turned - or the keyless ignition put in a similar state?
Do you think that one could turn the ignition off and take the key out and flat tow if it had a lock? I kind of doubt it since the toad front wheels turn when going around corners.
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Do you think that one could turn the ignition off and take the key out and flat tow if it had a lock? I kind of doubt it since the toad front wheels turn when going around corners.
I'll take that as a "no, there isn't a lock". Thanks.
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Re: Flat towing behind an RV

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I'll take that as a "no, there isn't a lock". Thanks.
I went out for the afternoon just after my reply. First thing I did when I got in the Cherokee before turning on the ignition (well, pushing the button) was to crank the steering wheel. It turned, but the steering is very very heavy without the power assist.
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hooking up tail lights - anyone done it yet?

Anyone hooked up connections to the existing tail lights? I'm not keen on being the first one to take apart the tail light housing to fit in diodes and wiring.

Tow Daddy doesn't list a product to fit the Cherokee and they haven't answered my email regarding if and when.
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Re: Flat towing behind an RV

We had separate bulbs put in our 2004 Colorado. Worked fine. A dealer did the baseplates and lights.

For our 2007 Tahoe LTZ we did the baseplates (once again "we" means my son and I supervised) and I decided to go with a light bar that fit into the receiver on the back.

I switched to mag lights and then used them on the Escape as well. Frankly, they worked so well and were no trouble and we are going with them again with the Cherokee.

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Re: Flat towing behind an RV

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switched to mag lights and then used them on the Escape as well.
Magnetic lights? Do you remember the brand or any info on them?

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Re: Flat towing behind an RV

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Magnetic lights? Do you remember the brand or any info on them?

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Some find them a PITA but we found them very easy to put on and take off. For $20 or less (we carry a spare which cost $11 on sale at Harbor Freight) we find them highly adequate and they are very visible. They don't leave any marks on the roof if handled properly.

Magnetic Tow Lights - Intersource D10-260 - Towing Accessories - Camping World

12 Volt Magnetic Towing Light Kit
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