In my attempt to find out for once and for all how to tow my Jeep, I sent out an email to several forums. All came back and said that all I have to do is to hook up the Jeep, put the transfer case in N and the tranny in PARK and I was ready to go. I don't have a steering wheel lock.
Since the Owners manual went into a long laundry list of things to do I sent Jeep an email asking for clarification. Had they stopped after the second paragraph I would've been happy. However, they continued on regurgitating the owners manual and continuing to confuse the issue.
Other than what I mentioned in the first parapgraph above, is there ANYTHING that I HAVE to do to the Jeep prior to towing?
Here is what they sent me:
Thank you for contacting the Jeep Customer Assistance Center regarding
your 2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited.
This vehicle should not be equipped with a steering wheel lock;
therefore, there should be no need to leave the ignition key in the
unlocked/off position and disconnect the negative battery cable.
Customer can verify this vehicle is not equipped with a steering wheel
lock by performing the following test: Vehicle started - turn the
steering wheel to the full lock, hold it against the stop, then turn off
the vehicle and validate the steering wheel is not locked while turning
all the way back to center straight forward position.
The customer should refer to the User Guide for recreational towing
information. The User Guide can be viewed online at:
My Jeep: Jeep Owners Service Manuals - 4x4 SUVs, Sports Utility Vehicles, Off Road
The following information was obtained
from the User Guide (pages 80-82):
"Recreational Towing ? Four-Wheel Drive Models
NOTE: The transfer case must be shifted into NEUTRAL (N), automatic
transmission must be shifted into PARK, and manual transmission must be
placed in gear (NOT in NEUTRAL) for recreational towing.
Shifting Into NEUTRAL (N)
Use the following procedure to prepare your vehicle for recreational
1.Bring the vehicle to a complete stop.
2.Turn OFF the engine.
3.Press and hold the brake pedal.
4.Shift the automatic transmission into NEUTRAL or depress the clutch
pedal on a manual transmission.
5.Shift the transfer case lever into NEUTRAL (N).
6.Start the engine.
7.Shift the transmission into REVERSE.
8.Release the brake pedal (and clutch pedal on manual transmissions) for
five seconds and ensure that there is no vehicle movement.
9.Repeat steps 7 and 8 with automatic transmission in DRIVE or manual
transmission in first gear.
10.Turn OFF the engine.
11.Firmly apply the parking brake.
12.Shift the transmission into PARK or place manual transmission in gear
(NOT in Neutral).
13.Attach the vehicle to the tow vehicle using a suitable tow bar.
14.Release the parking brake.
Shifting Out of NEUTRAL (N)
Use the following procedure to prepare your vehicle for normal usage.
1.Bring the vehicle to a complete stop, leaving it connected to the tow
2.Firmly apply the parking brake.
3.Turn the ignition switch to the ON/RUN position, but do not start the
4.Press and hold the brake pedal.
5.Shift the transmission into NEUTRAL.
6.Shift the transfer case lever to the desired position.
NOTE: When shifting out of transfer case NEUTRAL (N), turning the engine
OFF may be required to avoid gear clash.
7.Shift the automatic transmission into PARK, or place manual
transmission in Neutral.
8.Release the brake pedal.
9.Disconnect vehicle from the tow vehicle.
10.Start the engine.
11.Press and hold the brake pedal.
12.Release the parking brake.
13.Shift the transmission into gear, release the brake pedal (and clutch
pedal on manual transmissions), and check that the vehicle operates
It is necessary to follow these steps to be certain that the transfer
case is fully in NEUTRAL (N) before recreational towing to prevent
damage to internal parts.
Damage to the transmission may occur if the transmission is shifted into
PARK with the transfer case in NEUTRAL (N) and the engine running. With
the transfer case in NEUTRAL (N) ensure that the engine is OFF prior to
shifting the transmission into PARK.
Front or rear wheel lifts should not be used. Internal damage to the
transmission or transfer case will occur if a front or rear wheel lift
is used when recreational towing.
Tow only in the forward direction. Towing this vehicle backwards can
cause severe damage to the transfer case.
Automatic transmissions must be placed in the PARK position for
-Manual transmissions must be placed in gear (not in Neutral) for
Before recreational towing, perform the procedure outlined under
?Shifting Into NEUTRAL (N)? to be certain that the transfer case is
fully in NEUTRAL (N). Otherwise, internal damage will result.
-Towing this vehicle in violation of the above requirements can cause
severe transmission and/or transfer case 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.
You or others could be injured if you leave the vehicle unattended with
the transfer case in the NEUTRAL (N) position without first fully
engaging the parking brake. The transfer case NEUTRAL (N) position
disengages both the front and rear driveshafts from the powertrain and
will allow the vehicle to move, even if the transmission is in PARK. The
parking brake should always be applied when the driver is not in the
We appreciate the time you took to write to us and we hope this was of
assistance to you.
Thanks again for your email.
Customer Service Representative
Jeep Customer Assistance Center