Is it possible to remove the steering wheel lock on an 03 Dodge Ram I tow this truck and it would like not to have to leave the key in while towing.
On my 01 JGC I was able to remove the lock cog and was hoping to do the same with the Dodge
This information below is from a 2003 Dodge Ram 1500.
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KEY CYLINDER REMOVAL:
The ignition key must be in the key cylinder for cylinder removal.
1. Disconnect negative cable from battery.
2. Remove upper and lower covers (shrouds) from steering column.
3. Place shifter in PARK position
4. A retaining pin is located at side of key cylinder assembly.
a. Rotate key to RUN position.
b. Press in on retaining pin while pulling key cylinder from ignition switch.
The ignition key must be in the key cylinder for cylinder installation.
1. Install the key cylinder into the housing using care to align the end of the key cylinder with the ignition switch.
2. Push the key cylinder in until it clicks.
3. Replace the upper and lower shrouds.
4. Reconnect the battery.
Please read the message again, I am not asking how to remove the cylinder, I am asking if I can disable the steering wheel lock so the wheel will turn free when it is being towed without the key in the ignition.
The only way to remove the key and to move the steering wheel is to remove the lock cylinder.
This is an anti-theft device, when the key is removed you can't steer the vehicle.
That's why the car thieves bust the steering column open to break the lock that holds the steering wheel.
It's because they don't have a key.
Sorry the information I provided didn't help.
Ok I guess I with have to have the key in when towing the ram, is there a fuse
I can't pull so my battery doesn't run down. 2002 Dodge Ram 1500 2wd. Thanks
By stepping on the brake you can turn the key and the steering wheel will unlock in the first position, the power will not be turned on, if you turn the key to the next position the ignition will turn on.
Just unlock the steering wheel to the first position the power will remain off.
Thanks a lot, I will try that.