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Old 06-29-2011, 06:02 PM   #11
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I would suggest your emerg brake has taken quite a bit of lining off your brakes. I have towed Jeeps before and had the same problem with the front end. The steering on them for some reason will now return to the straight ahead position. sooooooooo...after a couple of sets of tires I left the jeep idle while I towed so the power sterring pump was more problems. Idle for a day or two takes little fuel and won't hurt the engine..sure saves on the tires.

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Old 06-29-2011, 06:09 PM   #12
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I saw a great idea recently on another web site about monitoring your toad to see if it is tracking properly. Take a piece of white tape from a lint brush or some other wide light colored tape and stick it to the top center of your steering wheel. Be sure tires are straight when you put the tape on. Then you can watch from you back-up camera to see if your stering wheel (and your tires) comes back to center after a turn.

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Old 06-29-2011, 08:15 PM   #13
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The tape might be a good visual reference point, but once you have had your tires not return to center you will know it right away!! In my case I was in a construction zone and couldn't pull over right away. It did take a little tread off my front tires!!!
I have around 4,000 miles pulling my Jeep and only had this happen once, and hopefully never again..... on my way back from Glacier Nat'l Park now, with Jeep in tow!!
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Old 07-01-2011, 10:00 AM   #14
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Originally Posted by Los Popes View Post
We are new to towing a dinghy. Only taken our Jeep on two trips so far - April in Anza-Borrego and May at Santa Margarita Lake. No issues on those trips.
I made a huge mistake the other day - picked my RV up at the dealership to take back to storage and accidentally left the emergency brake engaged on the Jeep for 12 miles. Was only going about 25 mph most of the way and it doesn't appear that I damaged anything. When I arrived at the storage facility I went to the Jeep to engage the brake so I could disconnect and saw the handle pulled up I had such a sinking feeling in my gut. I am going to laminate a pocket checklist for connecting the toad so I don't forget little things like that.
I did that once with the YJ Wrangler. Only made it a half mile up a dirt road before I knew something was wrong. I was making a huge dust cloud!

I think it was because I was trying to hook up and carry on a conversation with a neighboring camper at the same time.

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