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Old 15 Oct 2005, 11:12 am
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Default Towing 2006 behind RV

I've been towing a 2002 PT Cruiser with manual transmission. The
ignition switch has 5 positions: Lock - Off - Acc - On - Start. All
I've had to do is put the transmission in neutral, and the ignition
swith in Off, which means the steering column is unlocked, but otherwise
the battery is not being drained and the odometer is off.

I just took delivery of a 2006 manual PT Cruiser. The ignition switch
only has 4 positions....Off is missing. It doesn't seem wise to pull
the car with the potential of locking up the steering (it's not locked
as long as the steering wheel is straight up), and putting the ignition
switch in Acc will drain the battery and rack up mileage. I suppose
there's a fuse or two that can be pulled. I'm thinking the easy way out
is to remove the pin that locks the steering wheel....I could live
without that. I was also told that the Off position has been missing
since the 2003 model. Has anyone solved this problem already?
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Old 15 Oct 2005, 11:39 am
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I'd suggest you talk to your dealer to find out how to tow it.

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Old 15 Oct 2005, 01:52 pm
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You may need to go with a tow dolly something like this....
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Old 15 Oct 2005, 05:17 pm
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Doesn't the owners manual have a section that talks about towing? The early model do. [:I]
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Old 15 Oct 2005, 07:22 pm
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I don't really have time to do a search but there is someone or two that tow their cruisers behing their motor homes.
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Old 15 Oct 2005, 08:43 pm
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Do NOT try to tow your PT with the key in the lock position. Use the ACC position. As you tow, the wheels on your PT will turn to the right and left significantly as you corner causing the steering wheel lock to activate.

You will find that the battery drain may be somewhat greater than with your 2002 but is generally not a problem unless you tow for more than 8 hours a day or have a supplemental braking system that plugs into the power port. I have a Brake Buddy which uses additional power so I purchased a solar panel which I Velcro to the dash to keep in place and use a cigarette lighter adapter that allows both the Brake Buddy and the solar panel to be plugged into the always on power port on the dash. The key controlled power ports do not work with the key in the ACC position unfortunately (at least they don't on my 2003).

The car will not accumulate mileage in the ACC position.

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Old 01 Jun 2012, 10:19 am
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Default Re: Towing 2006 behind RV

I assume that an '06 needs to be in the "Accessory" key position when towing 4 wheels down. Rather that pulling fuses to prevent battery drain (and Mileage accumulation ???) some sort of disconnect switch would seem advisable. Any ideas???
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Old 01 Jun 2012, 10:23 am
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Talking Re: Towing 2006 behind RV

Disconnect the negative battery terminal and tuck the wire behind the airbox.
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