Key gets stuck in Ignition
I have a '97 Cherokee Country. The key sometimes doesn't come out of the Ignition. I have to take it for a little drive and when I come back it works. Now, for the past 2 days I tried having it in 2WD when I turn the car off and it's worked... However, it sometimes does and sometimes doesn't. So it's impossible to tell if the 2WD fixed it, or if its something else.. I heard it may be because I don't have the steering wheel straight, I don't know though.. Advice?
Maybe its not 100% in park? Could be the steering wheen lock, Whats the condition of the key? If its the oem key from 97 i doubt its on good shape. Dealer can cut you a new key using your vin for about 15 bucks. hats what i did for my 95 then just had a few copies made. Did it this way so i had a perfect key to start with.
What would having it in 2wd have to do with the key coming out? There is an interlock between being in park before the key is released in a lot of vehicles, but to my knowledge there is no relationship between the transfer case and the column. You can also try lubricating the lock mechanism with dry graphite, however my bet would be on a worn lock mechanism due to regular use and age. As the lock and key wears, the tumblers in the lock aren't moved as much and interference within the lock prevents proper function. On the positive side, after having torn my column apart for turn signal switch replacement, the replacement of components within the column aren't too overwhelming with a FSM and required tools.
The signal switch can be replaced in like 20 mins thats super easy on the newer 95+ columns. Im not sure how much work it is to replace the cylinder. I wouldnt jump to that though id check everything else first.
Another question.. When switching between 2wd and 4wd etc... Will it seem like I'm switching? I can move back and forth withoout it seeming like im doing anything.
I had same problem. It was the manual lock out that had fallen out of the back of the key cylinder assembly. Plugged it back in and it was fixed. You'll need to take the steering wheel column cover off, at least the bottom half, to see.
I had a problem last year with my key getting stuck in the ignition, i had a to have a lock smith come and take a look at it, he said that the waffers they use in most jeeps and other cars are really cheap and bend and shear after awhile. he looked at mine and he was right, also i had alot of dirt and debris build up which was causing the key to stick. use some silcon lubericant and spray it in your tumbler and slowly move the key in a out to try and lubericate and clean your ignition. also tapping on the butt end of the key while it is in can work too, but do this very lightly, it can free up the waffers and knock dirt loose.
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