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Unread 12-14-2009, 02:57 PM   #1
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Key wont turn in the ignition cylinder

Well my key will not turn it at all! but the issue is to replace the cylinder i have to have the key in the on position! any one know how i can get it out with out the key in the on position or a trick to make this thing work?! My jeep is stuck at work blocking our plow in and the moment and its snowing out pretty heavily so im in a frantic rush to figure out how to fix this. any ideas?

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Unread 12-14-2009, 03:21 PM   #2
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i broke mine with screwdriver and touched the yellow to the purple though i probably have, different ignition to you because mine jeeps 95 not 99 and i think that all changed in the 96 models, also my ignition and wires have been replaced. hope this helps
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Unread 12-14-2009, 04:10 PM   #3
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i think its different colors on mine. we ended up dragging it out of the way with another truck after putting the t-case in neutral and we dragged it into our shop still unable to get that key to turn so i can pull the tumbler out though! hopfully some one has had the same experince as me and knows what to do.
picked up a new lock cylinderfor 70$ at a dealership and they are charging me 30 to rekey it.. so this is what its like to drop the soap.
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Unread 12-14-2009, 04:18 PM   #4
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Is your key badly worn? Locksmith can cut you a new key using the numbers and put the cuts back to where they are supposed to be. New key may work well enough to get lock out.
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Unread 12-14-2009, 09:08 PM   #5
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x2 on the new key. Can't hurt to try a cheap option before you rip stuff apart. My girlfriend's car (saturn) was doing the same thing. Tried the spare key, which was new, and works fine.
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Unread 12-22-2009, 09:09 PM   #6
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i got a new key made off the serial number its the tumbler thats bad, after tapping the key with a hammer it was able to turn so i was able to replace the cylinder.
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Unread 12-23-2009, 05:50 AM   #7
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Wiggle the key all around inside the ignition. Go to YouTube and look up bump keys or lock bumping for an idea of what to do to your ignition to get it to function with the key you have. Just don't break the key off in there when you're doing all this.
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Unread 12-23-2009, 06:29 AM   #8
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i had the lock smith rebuild mine for 60 including new keys. if i took it out it would have been 30. i just kept tapping and wiggiling
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Unread 12-23-2009, 06:35 AM   #9
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Best NOT to.. but from what I have seen and read sometimes that is the only way to free it up.. what I did last time (not on a Jeep, but similar problem) was a few drops of Kroil and then hit it with compressed air..drove the oil in to all the places it wouldn't go with just gravity, and helped drive all the dust and crap out...did that a couple times, that got it to turn, barely, and I replaced it. Some need to be turned to run to get them out if you don't want to drill.. I THINK, (and I may be wrong, if I am, someone will jump in) that this is one of those you have to turn, then push the tab with a flat blade screwdriver to release. Some just had a retaining screw.
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Problem solved:

With the lower steering cover removed, I tapped on the outer ignition lock housing with a small gunsmithing hammer while attempting to turn the key with the other hand. It started to let go on the 5th tap and now it's good to go. I think a tumbler was stuck.

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Unread 12-23-2009, 12:55 PM   #10
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Glad you got it fixed!
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Unread 12-23-2009, 02:07 PM   #11
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kinda funny because a van was towed into work with the same issue yesterday.. least i knew how to fix it right away... darn you Chrysler!
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Unread 12-23-2009, 02:28 PM   #12
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Silicon penetrating lube in a spray can is what I use to loosen up locks for picking. It might help your ignition if there is something stuck.
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Unread 12-23-2009, 05:32 PM   #13
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mine broke inside it's made of potmetal, turn key on does your guages come on? if so climb under with A screwdriver and jump the selinoid,will start if you have guages. my tumbler cost 75.00$ at napa,also you need a torx bit with a hole in the middle to take it apart.
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Unread 12-24-2009, 10:27 AM   #14
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on i think 97 and newer you can only go to a dealer or maybe its 99 and newer.
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Unread 01-14-2010, 06:02 PM   #15
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I got a call from the wife this morning. "my key won't turn"
She's been complaining about it but it always works for me
Not this morning.
I had AAA tow it home from the grocery sore. the FSM says to turn it to on, push the release thing and pull it out. Sounds good but the only reason I wanted it out was because it would not turn
So I did a search and found this thread.
Tapping on the end of the key did the trick
A new cylinder at the local dealer was $128 and with the vin they looked up the key code and keyed it to fit my keys for an additional $30.

Not cheap but a simple fix.
thanks for the tipe

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