||07-21-2009 05:53 PM
Jeep towing problem
HELP! I have a 2009 Jeep Wrangler X that I pull with a Class C Winnebago. On a trip a couple of months ago, I experienced a feeling that the jeep breaks were locking up, especially at the beginning of the trip while going around a curve. It felt like someone was stepping on the break and releasing it a couple of seconds later. It happened once or twice in succession but did not recur for the remainder of the trip. On my most current trip the problem worsened. When leaving Payson. AZ I was going down a hill with a curve and my jeep brakes apparently locked up for about two seconds, then released. The problem didnít repeat the rest of the way to Deming. Upon leaving Deming, the lockup occurred again going around a curve. Leaving Ruidoso, again, a lockup when turning a shallow curve. A few minutes later, going down a hill in a straight trajectory, the brakes locked up again (2-3 seconds) so severely that I drug the jeep for about 10 yards. I pulled over and went through the process of placing the jeep back into TWD and then putting it back in tow mode. The rest of the trip was uneventful. I stopped at a Jeep dealer in Santa Fe, explained the situation and they ( 25 years experience?)had no clue as to what was going on. One other thing that may or may not be related to the problem. When starting the Jeep, momentarily the ESP/BAS indicator comes on along with an icon showing a car skidding (normal). However, in my Jeep, those indicators occasionally pop up while driving, sometimes staying on for several miles before going off. There is also a possibility Iím somehow not setting the Jeep up properly for towing. Here is the sequence I follow which pretty much follows the manual (1) Ignition on ACC (2) Transmission in neutral (3) transfer case to neutral (4) transmission to park (5) emergency break off. My only deviation is I donít start the Jeep to make sure its in neutral (Itís fairly obvious when the shift knob is in the neutral position) and I donít disconnect the negative battery terminal (I need power for when I use the brake buddy). To answer an anticipated question someone might have, I verified the brake freeze up was not the result of a brake buddy malfunction. I also verified that my tow hookups were proper (no binding). Any ideas would be appreciated.