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Old 01-21-2014, 01:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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2012 Highlander on a tow dolly

We are going to put the wifes 2012 Highlander on a Tow dolly behind the RV. My question is, the tow dolly book says to make sure the the stearing wheel is unlocked. How can I unlock the stearing wheel? there is not a key. Do you depress the start utton with foot off the brake to activiate ACC function? Seems i have read that somewhere. Thanks
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Old 01-21-2014, 01:56 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Is your HL all wheel drive or front wheel drive?
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Only way I know of how to get it off and keep it off is to start up the car (note not engine running) to unlock it, when pull the battery terminal off WHILE its on so the lock solenoid can't reengage. Then secure the terminal where it won't accidentally reconnect. That will keep it from locking mid trip.

Also FWD or AWD, if AWD all 4 wheels must be on dollies or on a flatbed.
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Would that even work or when the solenoid looses power will it relock?
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Old 01-21-2014, 07:32 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I've heard of cars igniting because the transmission overheated while being towed behind motorhomes. One thing I always wondered was if the odometer still counts if the car isn't on. The probably is unlikely now because 99% of new cars use digital odometers but I don't know if it's something that counts while the car is off and updates when the car is turned back on..
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No when your key is off no miles are logged.
I know this because in a previous life I was loaned a car and given only a SET numbers of miles I could drive each month.
So we found a way to cheat the system, we would floor the car, get up to 70mph, kick into neutral shut off the key and coast down to 20mph,
then Start it kick it back into gear, then lather, rinse and repeat
We could drive 20 miles on the highway and use only a mere 4 miles to do it on the ODO... hahah
Ahh the days of young and dumb.. Glad those are behind me!!!!
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And yes some cars can't be towed for the reason you state.
That's a reason those old school Saturn cars are so popular with RV'ers
They CAN be towed with no issues with all 4 wheels on the ground.
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Would that even work or when the solenoid looses power will it relock?
I'm not 100% sure, just basing that off observations. On mine (keyless) there is an audible motor noise when the lock engages and disengages. I'm 90% sure it isn't spring loaded to relock on power failure (think about the safety issues that could cause in ECU power failure (the ECU powers it)).
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hmm interesting!!
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If I was the OP I'd get a 4 wheel 'dolly'. Save the wear and tear on the HL and not have to worry about additional issues.
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Back in the day I had to tow my '74 MGB ragtop from Florida to NY. I took the driveshaft off (as was recommended) and using a homemade bracket towed the thing on all four wheels with the steering unlocked and the batteries (2 6 volt batts) disconnected.

Pulled it behind a 18 foot Ryder truck. I'm sure a dolly would've been better but being younger, dumber and poorer I knew better. It worked to our surprise!


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So we found a way to cheat the system, we would floor the car, get up to 70mph, kick into neutral shut off the key and coast down to 20mph, then Start it kick it back into gear, then lather, rinse and repeat We could drive 20 miles on the highway and use only a mere 4 miles to do it on the ODO... hahah Ahh the days of young and dumb.. Glad those are behind me!!!!
Disconnecting the speedometer at the transmission worked for me.. especially on rentals. Explored most of New York state in 1963 on only 30 miles.
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HAAHAHA I think that's ones a felony so I didn't go that far LOL
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