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Old 09-19-2010, 11:17 PM
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I want to tow behind a mh, the book said to put the key in the off unlock pos? not sure what they mean Thanks for the help
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Old 09-19-2010, 11:56 PM
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It means turn it to where you can still turn the steering wheel.
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Yeah, just the first indent in the key cycle will do. Let it run in neutral. What kind of tow apparatus you planning on using?
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Yes I understand this but is it the acc or the off?
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Off. You should not be able to remove the key.
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The complete procedure is on page 465 of your manual. it reads -

Quote:
Recreational Towing Procedure (Electronic Shift
Transfer Case) If Equipped

Use the following procedure to prepare your vehicle for
recreational towing:

1. Bring the vehicle to a complete stop.
2. Turn OFF the engine.
3. Turn the ignition switch to the ON position, but do not
start the engine.
4. Press the brake pedal.
5. Shift the transmission into NEUTRAL.
6. Press the transfer case switch NEUTRAL button for
four seconds.
7. After the shift is completed and the NEUTRAL light
comes on, release the NEUTRAL button.
8. Start the engine.
9. Shift the transmission into REVERSE.
10. Release the brake pedal for five seconds and ensure
that there is no vehicle movement.
11. Repeat Steps 9 and 10 with the transmission in
DRIVE.
12. Turn the engine OFF and place the ignition switch in
the OFF position.
13. Shift the transmission into PARK.
14. Apply the parking brake.
15. Attach the vehicle to the tow vehicle with the tow bar.
16. Release the parking brake.
NOTE:
The transfer case cannot be shifted into NEUTRAL
from the 4WD AUTO (if equipped) position.
Steps 1 through 5 are requirements that must be met
prior to pressing the NEUTRAL button, and must
continue to be met until the four seconds elapses and
the shift has been completed. If any of these requirements
(with the exception of 3 - Key ON) are not met
prior to pressing the NEUTRAL button or are no
longer met during the four second timer, then the
NEUTRAL indicator light will flash continuously until
all requirements are met or until the NEUTRAL button
is released.
The ignition switch must be in the ON position for a
shift to take place and for the position indicator lights
to be operable. If the ignition switch is not in the ON
position, the shift will not take place and no position
indicator lights will be on or flashing.
The flashing NEUTRAL indicator light indicates that
shift requirements have not been met.

Returning to Normal Operation Electronic Shift
Transfer Case

Use the following procedure to prepare your vehicle for
normal usage:

1. Bring the vehicle to a complete stop.
2. Turn OFF the engine.
3. Turn the ignition switch to the ON position, but do not
start the engine.
4. Press the brake pedal.
5. Shift the transmission into NEUTRAL.
6. Press the transfer case switch NEUTRAL button for
one second.
7. After the NEUTRAL indicator light turns off, release
the NEUTRAL button.
8. After the NEUTRAL button has been released, the
transfer case will shift to the position identified by the
selector switch.
9. Shift the transmission into PARK.
NOTE:
Steps 1 through 5 are requirements that must be met
prior to pressing the transfer case NEUTRAL button
and must continue to be met until one second elapses
and the shift has been completed. If any of these
requirements (with the exception of step 3 - key ON)
are not met prior to pressing the NEUTRAL button, or
are no longer met during the one second time, then all
of the mode position indicator lights will flash continuously
until all requirements are met or until the
NEUTRAL button is released.
The ignition switch must be in the ON position for a
transfer case shift to take place and for the position
indicator lights to be operable. If the ignition switch is
not in the ON position, the shift will not take place and
no position indicator lights will be on or flashing.
The flashing NEUTRAL position indicator light indicates
that shift requirements have not been met.
Hope this helps.
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Thanks for all the help from all of you. have been towing a Dakota but this switch seems different. Using a 10,000 lb Roadmaster tow bar and M&G air over brakeing system
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Here's something interesting I discovered today after responding to this thread. I decided to check my Ram. There is no "lock" position on my ignition, just "off" then "acc" is the next notch up.

I tried to turn the wheel with the key removed and it is not locked.
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Did you turn it enough to be sure it wouldn't lock up? This is what has me question the book.
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Half a turn. Should have locked. Its real hard to turn with the truck sitting still and power off. Good way to test is it is to have a light person in the truck with no key in ignition, then have several healthy people push it. Have the person in the truck try to turn it one way other the other as far as they can.

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