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Old 02-20-2012, 09:50 PM
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Steering Wheel Lock?

Have been told both ways that the steering wheel does not have locks if it is turned with the key out or off. Was also told that it will move 180 degrees before the lock catches. Talked with Jeep service manager, he doesn't know. Plan to raise the front of mine and turn the wheel and see what happens. Any body got any ideas or thoughts?

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Old 02-20-2012, 09:53 PM
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Steering wheel lock

Forgot to mention that mine is a 2011 Unlimited!

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Old 02-21-2012, 03:44 AM   #3
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Some have them and some don't. It is on your build sheet.
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Originally Posted by MrSig
Some have them and some don't. It is on your build sheet.
This^^ mine only locks If I ........

Actually, I don't know. Only got it to lock once
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If you don't have it, I'd be willing to bet there's some nitwit out there that makes an aftermarket version.

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Old 02-21-2012, 08:44 AM   #6
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I'm towing our 2012 behind our motorhome with the key in my pocket. It better not lock.
I was told by a number of owners that Jeep stopped putting locks on the wheel beginning with the 2009 models.
Let us know what happens with your test.
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Old 02-21-2012, 09:10 AM   #7
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The 2007 JK's and up to some production point for the 2008 JK's have steering wheel locks that engage when the wheel is turned 180 degrees with the key removed. After some point in the 2008 production run, the steering wheel lock was discontinued, I'm told.

We tow our 2007 Sahara behind our motor home and have to run with the key in the accessory position to defeat the lock. We also have to pull the IOD (ignition off draw) fuse in the fuse box to keep the battery from draining while towing all day.

Wish I had a 2009 or newer some times, so I could eliminate this step when setting up to tow. I asked my service center folks if they could/would remove/disable the steering lock in my Sahara and they said they could get in trouble with the Feds if they did so??? Oh well.
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Old 02-23-2012, 12:56 PM
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Steering wheel lock test

Sorry being so long in getting back, but just had the opportunity to jack the front tires off the ground. With tires raised, I could turn the steering wheel from stop to stop and the wheel did not lock. Did it with key in and off and with key removed. Now plan to flat tow with the key in my pocket and not worry about wheel lock. Again this was done to a 2011 Unlimited. Hope this removes some doubt from some people.

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