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Unread 10-07-2007, 09:58 AM   #1
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Steering Wheel Lock

Is any one familiar with or know how to disable the steering wheel lock? I would like to be able to tow my Rubi without having to leave the key in the ignition.

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Unread 10-07-2007, 10:02 AM   #2
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Sure, ask your friendly neighborhood car thief...
If you apply enough pressure to the steering wheel it the internal lock will snap but this is not something you really want to do....
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Unread 10-07-2007, 01:11 PM   #3
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I agree...........but with the Jeep being so open and vunerable as it is, the steering wheel lock is a pretty lame system. I was hoping it would be something that with a little work, could be disconnected.
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Unread 10-07-2007, 03:21 PM   #4
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From what I have read on this Forum ages ago, it seems to me I read you can have a key made for your Jeep that does not have the chip built it, it's just a plain piece of metal key like you would get at any hardware store. That would unlock the steering wheel, but the engine will not start with that particular type of key in the ignition - it will unlock compartments, though. Could be an alternative solution.
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Unread 10-07-2007, 03:36 PM   #5
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I didnt think jeep keys have a chip inside... atleast mine looks like a basic key.
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Unread 10-07-2007, 03:45 PM   #6
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Why would you unlock the steering wheel? While towing, wouldn't you want the wheels to stay straight?

Also, I think you only have to put the 4wd into N and you are set.

There has to be something in the book I would think.
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Unread 10-07-2007, 04:51 PM   #7
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I will be towing my Rubi behind my motorhome and the wheels have to be able to turn with tow bar assemblies. With the JK's, when you unlock the steering wheel (first click), the battery will begin drain and if you are on a long trip, you will have a dead battery. In order to stop thatm you have to pull the 10ID fuse to stop the drain. It would just be a lot easier to just to NOT have to unlock the steering wheel.
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Unread 10-07-2007, 09:41 PM   #8
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I didnt think jeep keys have a chip inside... atleast mine looks like a basic key.

Yup, they have chips inside. I found this out as I was inquiring into aftermarket remote starters. They guy kept asking me about the chip in the key and I had no idea what he was talking about, so I called my dealer and he confirmed. You can have extra keys made by syncing up with an existing key, or they can look up the key code information stored at Jeep from your VIN.....so he says. Which is the reason I guess you can't hot-wire the Jeep, it needs the chip to be in the steering column to start and actually be driveable. I suppose a really good thief could figure out a way right? LOL.
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Unread 10-07-2007, 10:20 PM   #9
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...and NO, you do NOT want your steering wheel locked if you are towing, you need the front wheels to track behind the towing vehicle ahead of it. ...and YES, there are fuses you can pull to keep the battery from draining OR you can run hot and ground wires from your towing vehicle to keep the Jeep charged all the time while towing and the battery will never be drained.

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Unread 10-08-2007, 03:13 PM   #10
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True..........nothing is easy. If the steering lock could be permantly disable, that would be the easiest over the long run.......if it is possible. Has no one had the steering column apart to see how it works?
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Unread 10-08-2007, 06:29 PM   #11
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a bolt ----just like a dead bolt in your home door, comes out and fits into a hole in the column. I think it would be possible to take key assy out and hack saw off the bolt. All of the above was true a few years ago, but who knows now with the new tech in the system.
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Unread 10-08-2007, 09:20 PM   #12
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easy way

just put a switch on your battery cable no muss no fuss. Start chopping your lock off the inside of the collum will void some off your warranty. and your insurance company will not cover theft of your jeep.
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Unread 10-09-2007, 06:14 PM   #13
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I guess one option is to install a dash mount switchable 20amp circuit breaker to interrupt power to the 10ID fuse.........?
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