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Unread 01-18-2014, 10:24 PM   #1
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What is this piece called?

Several months ago someone broke into my XJ and stole it. In order to start it they shattered where the key cylinder lock goes. I'm just getting around to trying to fix it and have it all back to normal.
The part highlighted in blue in this picture is what needs replacing.

cherokee-xj-steering-a7 by ariekes, on Flickr

What is this part called? Also how is it removed? I went to a junkyard today and found 3 or 4 jeeps with what I needed. I unbolted whatever bolts seemed to be holding onto the shaft running through the center of it, but could not get it to budge. Am I going to have to replace the entire tilt steering column?

Thanks in advance guys.

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Unread 01-19-2014, 08:00 PM   #2
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What kinda Jeep ? Year ? Model ?

Pictures of exactly what you need ?

I suggest you visit http://www.pacificcoastmanuals.com/ and spend $7.95 for a genuine Jeep Factory Service Manual with complete disassembly/repair/assembly instructions and a suggested tool list
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Unread 01-19-2014, 08:16 PM   #3
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I don't know if you saw the part right above the picture I posted, but thanks for the reply Tim. It is a 98 jeep cherokee. The piece I need is the cast piece that the ignition switch screws to. It's the part that the key cylinder lock and ignition actuator mount into.

In this link it shows exactly what I have going on, granted it's someone else, but it is what mine currently looks like.
http://www.cherokeeforum.com/f2/stol...stions-174826/
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The cast housing that holds the ignition cylinder in place is not sold separately. You would need to fully disassemble a steering column to get one. You may be able to buy one from www.steeringcolumnservices.com/

In order to do this job, you will need to remove the airbag, steering wheel, steering shaft, turn signal switch, wiper switch and clockspring. This housing is located below all of those and is fastened to the column tube by two #25 tamperproof torx screws. The only way Jeep sells this part is by selling an entire column assembly.


Myself, I would buy a good used steering column, and have the ignition cylinder re-keyed to match your existing keys.

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Unread 01-19-2014, 10:28 PM   #5
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If you get a used column, you won't need to get it rekeyed. The lock cylinder comes out and is easily transferred from one column to another. I've never tried to change the piece you're referring to, but I've changed two non-tilt columns over to tilt columns in my 99 XJ's. In fact, if the piece you need can be removed, I'll gladly send you one from one of the non-tilt columns I have sitting on the shelf. I'm pretty sure the non-tilt and tilt column pieces you need will interchange since the tilt assembly is external to the column itself.
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Only problem with that is the key cylinder can not be removed unless you can turn the key to the on position. So if I get one from a junkyard chances are I will not be able to turn it to the on position. I already have a new cylinder so chances are I'll try to somehow drill the other one out.
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Unread 01-19-2014, 11:23 PM   #7
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Only problem with that is the key cylinder can not be removed unless you can turn the key to the on position. So if I get one from a junkyard chances are I will not be able to turn it to the on position. I already have a new cylinder so chances are I'll try to somehow drill the other one out.
I hadn't thought about a used column not having a key in the ignition. Both of the used tilt columns I got at the local salvage yard had the keys with them. Again, if it would help you out, I'll never use the two columns sitting on the shelf and they have the key in the ignition. Let me know.
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Don't try to drill it out, before you install it take it to a local locksmith along with a copy of the instructions on how to remove it. He can pick the tumblers and turn the cylinder to remove it.
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The locksmith can open stuff, or remove lock cylinders without a key.
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