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Unread 10-26-2012, 03:09 PM   #1
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1990 ignition tumbler suddenly hard to turn

my 1990 cherokee sport was doing fine all day, then all of a sudden i went to turn it off and the tumbler was extremely hard to turn. it wasnt stuck, just very difficult to turn. i tapped on it, tried it in Park, tried it in Neutral, and finally i looked at the key. the key appeared to be worn, but since it was in the middle of a turn, the pins already should have been lined up, not causing difficulty in turning at the point i am experiencing it. maybe im wrong? also, the NSS has been acting up recently, ive even had to hotwire the starter wire at the battery, but this wouldnt cause the tumbler to be stuck would it? or is the ignition tumbler itself just bad? thanks

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Unread 10-26-2012, 05:01 PM   #2
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Did you try spraying anything into the ignition? My wife's old XJ had the same problem. I think we sprayed a white lithium grease into it, and it freed up right away. Just a little bit did the trick
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Unread 10-27-2012, 09:17 PM   #3
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Most likely the ignition switch. A cheap part, easy to get to. Get it swapped out before it leaves you stranded. Here's my thread. http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f11/i...60/index2.html
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