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Question Use of Key Fob for Flat Towing Xfer Case Neutral

I recently purchased a 2012 WK2 for towing behind my motorhome. I followed the procedure listed in the manual for putting the transfer case into neutral for flat towing, and everything works fine. (As part of the procedure, it is specified that you must remove the start button, and use the key fob instead of the push button functionality.)


On a lark, I tried the procedure again, EXCEPT that instead of removing the start button and inserting the fob, I just used the regular start button functionality, and kept the fob in my pocket. Interestingly... the transfer case entered and exited neutral just as easily using this approach, as when using the key fob on place of the start button.
  • Why does the users manual specify the need to use the inserted fob, rather than the start button?
I saw some comments having something to do with the steering wheel possibly locking if the fob was not used, but when I checked, the steering wheel turned just fine (with the car off, and the fob away from the vehicle). Interestingly, however, I then checked the steering wheel when the vehicle was in "normal mode" and discovered that the steering wheel doesn't seem to have locked even in this case.
  • Is this vehicle supposed to lock the steering wheel when it is parked and turned off?
Maybe this is an obsolete feature? I remember when cars started to incorporate a steering wheel lock into the key positions, but if I recall, that was probably done as part of theft deterrence. If so, it is easy to imagine that with all the alarm systems, etc., in modern vehicles, maybe the steering lock isn't really adding any security, so they removed it?


Perhaps my most important question is:
  • Is it OK to just put the transfer case into and out of neutral by following the published procedure, EXCEPT that I don't bother replacing the start button with the key fob? (Doing it this way would be more convenient than having to insert the key fob.)
I know that the manual is not always accurate as far as its contents. Maybe this is one of those cases? Thanks!

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Re: Use of Key Fob for Flat Towing Xfer Case Neutral

My 2012 has a steering lock. When I remote start and not take over, the steering remains locked. Similarly when the engine is off.
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Re: Use of Key Fob for Flat Towing Xfer Case Neutral

I did a Google search on this, and found a forum post saying that at least for the Wrangler, the steering wheel lock was removed as a feature in 2009.
Steering lock - Jeep Wrangler Forum


I then found this link specific to the Grand Cherokee which states that there is no steering lock:
Towing 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee - Towing - FMCA Motorhome Forums


It is interesting that Imaz is observing steering lock functionality on his 2012. Not sure what to make of that???
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Re: Use of Key Fob for Flat Towing Xfer Case Neutral

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I did a Google search on this, and found a forum post saying that at least for the Wrangler, the steering wheel lock was removed as a feature in 2009.
Steering lock - Jeep Wrangler Forum


I then found this link specific to the Grand Cherokee which states that there is no steering lock:
Towing 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee - Towing - FMCA Motorhome Forums


It is interesting that Imaz is observing steering lock functionality on his 2012. Not sure what to make of that???

I'm Downunder so I'm not sure if they retrofitted that in the exported RHD models?

Yep, definitely have the lock. It unlocks when I push to start with the keyfob, otherwise remains locked.
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