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#42 of 58 What is Trailer Sway Control
May 05, 2010 (6:58 pm)
Does anyone know what the Trailer Sway Control for a 2010 2-door Wrangler Trailer Towing Group really is?
The online brochure says that the Trailer Towing Group Option includes:
- Class 1 receiver hitch (since it's a 2 door)
- seven-to-fourpin adapter,
- Trailer Sway Control, and
- 3.73:1 axle ratio
What exactly is "Trailer Sway Control." I know what the words mean, but is it a separate pice of equipment like a shock absorber mounted somewhere? Or is it a system that pulses the brakes to compensate for any sway in the trailer? Or ??
I'm asking because I plan to buy a 2010 Jeep. I don't need to tow frequently and may just buy an aftermarket hitch versus having to special order a Jeep with the tow package from the dealer. And the salesman is telling me the Trailer Sway Control provides added safety, but couldn't explain how it worked.
Seems I can't find a salesman that knows his stuff ....
#43 of 58 Re: What is Trailer Sway Control [akcijas]
May 06, 2010 (5:26 am)
What exactly is "Trailer Sway Control." I know what the words mean, but is it a separate pice of equipment like a shock absorber mounted somewhere? Or is it a system that pulses the brakes to compensate for any sway in the trailer?................
...............Seems I can't find a salesman that knows his stuff ....
I must admit i didn't realize it was a separate option. It's part of the programming of the various stability and ABS functions that will detect trailer sway by the motion of the Jeep.
It will then try to correct it by reducing power and braking the wheels independently as necessary, though it's not foolproof.
I often tow a 3Klb+ utility trailer with my older TJ without any problem, but I'm careful to keep it balanced.
Even though you wouldn't use it to its full rating, a 2" class three hitch is much more versatile than a class one.
As for the salesman, it's usually the case that an informed buyer will have much greater product knowledge than the salesman.
Your poor excuse for a salesman should have at least known where to find the information, i.e. the Owners Manual in the glovebox, which gives a complete explanation of how and when TSC works.
#44 of 58 Re: What is Trailer Sway Control [mac24]
May 06, 2010 (9:38 pm)
Thanks for the reply. I appreciate it. Why the saleman didn't know that is ridiculous.
Looks like I'll have to order a Jeep, as I cannot find one with the options I want.
#45 of 58 Steering wheel Locks when towing
Jun 15, 2010 (6:04 am)
Need help as to how to remove steering wheel lock. I have a 97 wrangler tow behind motor home. Manual says to tow with key in ACC . Ocansionally the steering wheel locks on me. Happens when I go through a good size dip in th road followed with a turn. Any suggestions or help ?
#46 of 58 Re: Steering wheel Locks when towing [brent59]
Jun 15, 2010 (9:47 am)
If the steering lock actually does lock up in the ACC position then you need to replace it.
However, that would be an extremely rare occurence. What often happens is that in the circumstances you describe the load on the Jeep front wheels becomes very light coming out of the dip; and when you turn, instead of tracking the path of the motorhome, the Jeep front wheels flip over to full lock (in other words, fully to one side).
They aren't actually locked by the steering column lock though, but you have to stop and center them up manually as you know.
There's little you can do about it though, except drive according to the conditions and slow right down when approaching and driving through a dip/turn.
#47 of 58 Re: Steering wheel Locks when towing [mac24]
Jun 20, 2010 (4:23 pm)
It does lock as I have to move the key to on while turning the wheel back and forth to release the lock.
I found a shop where they remove the lock pin in race cars and will do this for me. I just don't feel safe thinking this might happen at high speed.
thanks for your help
Jul 02, 2010 (10:04 am)
A couple of questions I have a new 2010 4dr with 35 inch tires and body lift... First which is my biggest problem is I have lost allot of performance in power and MPG due to the big tires and when on the freeway going up hills etc it slows down to much and I have to take it out of overdrive any suggestions on upgrades for the motor or gearing??
And I plan on towing it behind the RV and need to make sure my RV can tow it what is its tow weight??
#50 of 58 Re: Power [h2odogs]
Jul 02, 2010 (10:21 am)
go gears it takes alot of power upgrades to make up for the power lost. check owners manuel for vehicle weight. also call the stealer.
#51 of 58 Re: Power [jeepguy48]
Jul 02, 2010 (10:43 am)
Thanks for the suggestions. Gears are what I was expecting would be needed just need to decide what ratio. I wont be towing allot of weight maybe trailer with Wite Water Raft and accesorries on occasion. The air cleaner and exaust are just to load... Thanks