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post #1 of 5 Old 09-02-2006, 12:33 AM Thread Starter
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Ignition switch problems

Twice now my ignition switch has jammed up so that the key wouldn't turn far enough to engage the starter. I moved the gear shift, the steering wheel, anything I could think of. Finally used a pair of pliers to turn the key, which worked okay except that after the second time the starter engages at the very limit of what I can turn the key...

Basically one more time and I'm screwed!

Okay...should I take the steering column apart (that sounds like fun) or wire in a switch for the starter so that I just turn the key on and then hit a button to crank it?

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post #2 of 5 Old 09-02-2006, 01:07 PM
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I had the same exact problem... my key would not move to the start position. I did not want to replace the cylinder lock either. For a temporary fix I used my Fog light relay to jump the start relay at pins 30 and 87.

It has been temporary for too long, however, and I'm just going to run another momentary switch for the starter.

I like it better this way anyway.


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post #3 of 5 Old 09-02-2006, 01:18 PM
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Sounds like the switch under the dash. The XJ key portion of the ignition won't "JAM" it only rotates in its location. It moves a rod down the outside of the steering column to a ignition switch that contols the different points (ACC, Ignition on and START) and locks the wheel. The switch fails inside and will cause this stiff/jamming feeling. Its $12.99 from autozone and fairly easy to change (easier than wiring a whole new starting circuit).

You may (for the first time) have to pull the dash knee bar and lower the steering column to see whats going on. Its like a 5/16 and a 1/4 or something like that and a 13 or 15mm to lower the column (do a search).
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post #4 of 5 Old 09-03-2006, 06:01 PM Thread Starter
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Okay, thanks. I'll have to give that part a shot...otherwise I'll wire up a switch or something.

I don't want to get stranded!

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post #5 of 5 Old 09-04-2006, 09:28 AM
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I just replaced the ignintion switch on my 88 xj. It took all of about 30 minutes. I was having the same exact problem. The switch is cheap and pretty easy to replace. Buy the switch and replace it, don't hook another jump switch...the problem is an easy fix!
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