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'90 YJ Ignition Key Switch Replacement?

Hey guys:

My key is so worn it will not work most of the time. It is a crap shoot most days on how long it will take to "jiggle" the lock to get my old girl to start up.

I picked up a new lock assembly and a blinker switch assembly (blinker on the left won't shut off on its own). I did a search of the forum and can't find a good write up on how to disassemble the steering column to replace these items.

I have a regular gear puller set but not a steering wheel puller: will I need one or will my regular puller work?

Does anyone have a link to a good write up that they can share?

Thanks,

Pat

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Not sure if you need the steering wheel puller, it depends on what your gear puller set consists of. You will need the lock plate removal tool to compress the column. It should be about $15 at your local auto parts store.
It looks like this.





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This is what you are looking for. Remember to give him a thumbs up.
http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f12/b...witch-1226376/
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This is what you are looking for. Remember to give him a thumbs up.
http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f12/b...witch-1226376/
Great write up on replacing the switch, but the OP needs to replace his lock cylinder, and not the switch assy.
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Yes, it is a great write up but I need to replace the key cylinder part and the turn signal switch if it isn't too much of a hassle while the wheel is off.

I have been searching the net since last night and have not come up with one good step by step for doing this o a YJ.

Thanks,

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Search on a GM tilt wheel assembly. Like from a C10 or Camaro
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http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f8/no...sembly-683698/
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http://en.allexperts.com/q/Steering-...r-steering.htm
http://www.fieros.de/en/articles/steering.html
http://bc4x4.com/tech/2009/jeep-steering/

Dales link is dead but it looks like there is a PDF of it I can see here at work. Look at the top of the list:
http://www.google.com/#q=http:%2F%2F...lt%2Ftilt.html
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He says his only key is worn. If the cylinder is still good, try a locksmith.

I'm still amazed the time I lost my keys and called a locksmith.
He stuck a thing in the lock, pulled it out, wrote down some numbers, grabbed a key blank, took some kind of snippers and snipped out a perfect key by hand. He tried the key, filed the blank down a little, wire brushed it, and it was perfect.

Took him about as long to do the job as it took me to type this. He is an old timer who knows his stuff. His usual charge was only 30 bucks, this was on a weekend so he charged me 50.

Just a thought
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Thanks for the links! I printed the Dale's Jeep Junk one; that will be a great step by step to use.

I don't have the compression tool and nobody in the area has one in stock. Can two people and some creativity get the plate compressed enough to take the spring clip off?

Thanks again for all of the input!

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He says his only key is worn. If the cylinder is still good, try a locksmith.

I'm still amazed the time I lost my keys and called a locksmith.
He stuck a thing in the lock, pulled it out, wrote down some numbers, grabbed a key blank, took some kind of snippers and snipped out a perfect key by hand. He tried the key, filed the blank down a little, wire brushed it, and it was perfect.

Took him about as long to do the job as it took me to type this. He is an old timer who knows his stuff. His usual charge was only 30 bucks, this was on a weekend so he charged me 50.

Just a thought
Back in my dealership days, I was the key guy (among other things) I got so I could look at a key and read the code, not hard, only 5 cuts, each cut 0 to 5 (or something like that, it has been a long time).

Cutting a new key to code is always better than copying a worn key to a new blank. Sometimes, that is all it takes to restore function to the lock.
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I have a home made one I have used many times. Took a piece of 1/4 x1 1/2 in steel about 4 in long.One hole drilled in the center big enough to fit over the bed of the steering shaft to be held on by the nut that holds the steering wheel on.Move out 1 1/2 or 2 inches , then drill and tap a 5/16 or 3/8 hole on each side of the center hole. Two 5/16 or 3/8 bolts press down on the lock plate while the 1/4 in piece is held down by the nut.Easy almost free tool if you have drills and taps
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I never heard of the key thing. That is a great idea. I would definitely try it first! You can get the compression tool from the tool loan program at any of the major parts stores for a refundable deposit.
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He says his only key is worn. If the cylinder is still good, try a locksmith.

I'm still amazed the time I lost my keys and called a locksmith.
He stuck a thing in the lock, pulled it out, wrote down some numbers, grabbed a key blank, took some kind of snippers and snipped out a perfect key by hand. He tried the key, filed the blank down a little, wire brushed it, and it was perfect.

Took him about as long to do the job as it took me to type this. He is an old timer who knows his stuff. His usual charge was only 30 bucks, this was on a weekend so he charged me 50.

Just a thought

Same thing with me except I forgot my keys to the big truck 250 miles away. Paid $75 on a sunday night and was amazed, he put a blank in the switch, jiggled it around enough to make some marks and then filed it by hand. Month or so later the switch went south...Replacment switch with keys like $18.00 at the Kenworth dealer.
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Same thing with me except I forgot my keys to the big truck 250 miles away. Paid $75 on a sunday night and was amazed, he put a blank in the switch, jiggled it around enough to make some marks and then filed it by hand. Month or so later the switch went south...Replacment switch with keys like $18.00 at the Kenworth dealer.


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