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Old 10-31-2011, 09:31 AM   #1
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Towed miles..myth or fact

I've noticed that some dealers and private owners list their Jeeps as having X amount of towed miles. I thought you had to have the ign. on to run up the odometer. I don't know just asking.

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Old 10-31-2011, 09:55 AM   #2
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I've noticed that some dealers and private owners list their Jeeps as having X amount of towed miles. I thought you had to have the ign. on to run up the odometer. I don't know just asking.
well if you're towing the jeep, i hope you have the ignition on, otherwise the steering wheel will not remain unlocked, and the vehicle is not going to track well behind the tow vehicle.

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well if you're towing the jeep, i hope you have the ignition on, otherwise the steering wheel will not remain unlocked, and the vehicle is not going to track well behind the tow vehicle.
Than being towed will add mileage to the odometer?
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Old 10-31-2011, 10:10 AM   #4
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well if you're towing the jeep, i hope you have the ignition on, otherwise the steering wheel will not remain unlocked, and the vehicle is not going to track well behind the tow vehicle.
You can unlock the steering column without turning on any accessories.... that being said, I think the ODO is functional all the time... doesn't it light up when the door opens (can't recall).
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well if you're towing the jeep, i hope you have the ignition on, otherwise the steering wheel will not remain unlocked
On my JK the ignition has to be in the "on" position, but with the battery disconnected (to avoid draining the battery) when towing. The steering lock is thereby disconnected. Miles do not accumulate on the odometer.

On my '06 TJ it is different. There is a key switch position just before the "ignition on" position whereby the steering lock is disconnected. The key has to remain in the ignition to access this switch position, but the ignition is not in the "on" position. Steering lock is disconnected and miles do not accumulate when towing.

If the jeep is configured correctly for towing, miles do not accumulate and the dealer is blowing hot air big time.
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To add to the above, I have towed my JK 1200 miles with the ignition in the full "on" position and the battery still connected. Miles did NOT accumulate on the odometer. (That trip the battery drained and I learned I better disconnect it just like the owners manual states, for towing).
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Old 10-31-2011, 11:11 AM   #7
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I just towed my 04 TJ across the country 2100 miles and, no the miles do not show on the odo. I maintain a log of towed miles since it does trash the gear fluids; TCase, Differentails, the U joints and lube points. (and tires!)
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If the miles are not showing up on the odometer (which I dont know the answer to that), the sellers may just be honest people. If you are flat towing the jeep, you may not be putting miles on the motor, but you are putting miles on tires, bearings, suspension parts, etc. They may just be informing you that it has been towed so there arent any "surprises" if you do buy it.
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My rig has thousands of miles being towed with no added milage shown onthe odometer.
Of course, mine is on a flatbed trailer all the time.....
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Dealer is trying to put one over on you. When I first got out of college I sold cars. That's a Jeep sale 101 tactic. Tell him to shove it. Haha
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Old 10-31-2011, 05:11 PM   #11
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Thanks for everyone's reply and knowledge on the towed mileage question, this forum is the best!

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