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Unread 01-19-2008, 06:37 PM   #1
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How to start jeep without key

Ignition cylinder is broken on a 3 day weekend, screwing up my Death Valley trip. Is anyone willing to tell me how to start my jeep without a key? Is it really a matter of just touching two wires or have I watched too much t.v.? I am removing the cylinder tonight and can't get a new one until Tuesday. I just need a temporary fix until then. Please help.

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Unread 01-19-2008, 06:44 PM   #2
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You can start it up by getting a long screwdriver and touching the two things.... crap, I can't remember (I feel like an idiot for that statement). Regardless.... the steering wheel will still be locked in position without the key.
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Unread 01-19-2008, 06:49 PM   #3
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If you can get the lock cylinder out you can stick a screwdriver in the hole it goes into and turn it like it was the key.
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You can start it up by getting a long screwdriver and touching the two things.... crap, I can't remember (I feel like an idiot for that statement). Regardless.... the steering wheel will still be locked in position without the key.
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Unread 01-19-2008, 08:00 PM   #4
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If you can get the lock cylinder out you can stick a screwdriver in the hole it goes into and turn it like it was the key.
Ditto.

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Unread 01-19-2008, 09:05 PM   #5
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If you can get the lock cylinder out you can stick a screwdriver in the hole it goes into and turn it like it was the key.
x3, we had to do that back in the day to my mom's old road stroller (minivan)
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Unread 01-19-2008, 10:05 PM   #6
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so this is ALL you have to do to start a YJ?

wow, this makes me realize i really need some type of anti-theft device.
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Unread 01-19-2008, 11:41 PM   #7
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this guy is totally going to go knife someone's soft top and make off with a jeep. GOOD GOING GUYS!
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Unread 01-19-2008, 11:51 PM   #8
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this guy is totally going to go knife someone's soft top and make off with a jeep. GOOD GOING GUYS!

I have a feeling it has something to do with this.

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f12/ignition-lock-cylinder-help-needed-509418/
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Unread 01-20-2008, 12:08 AM   #9
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it's nowhere near as simple as this thread makes it sound.... steering wheel lock is a pain to get around...
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Unread 01-20-2008, 12:16 AM   #10
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Hit the key with a hammer while its in the ignition. Rock the steering wheel back and forth. Then whack it again. Be rough with it...it'll eventually turn the key
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Unread 01-20-2008, 12:36 AM   #11
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Once the cylinder is out, all you need is a screw driver, but getting the cylinder out requires the key and an operational cylinder. If its not working then your gonna have some fun with a drill and a lot of choice words. Much easier said than done.

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Unread 01-20-2008, 12:46 AM   #12
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so its not like the movies when they spark to wires together? haha
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Unread 01-20-2008, 01:11 AM   #13
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this guy is totally going to go knife someone's soft top and make off with a jeep. GOOD GOING GUYS!
Care to place a wager on that?

I'm NOT a betting man, but I'll take you up on any wager amount you'd like to place on that. I could sure use the $$$$$$.
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Unread 01-20-2008, 01:44 AM   #14
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Care to place a wager on that?

I'm NOT a betting man, but I'll take you up on any wager amount you'd like to place on that. I could sure use the $$$$$$.
Well, someone is wrong on two counts...I am not going to knife anyone's soft top and I am not a guy. Sorry. Thanks for the vote of confidence, Joe! So, here is the deal on taking out the lock cylinder. It took 2.5 hours in the dark with a flashlight and a headlamp. The hammer (big chunk o' wood, I come from a long, long line of rednecks) was of no use to me. Steering wheel came right off, as did the lock plate. Yippee, cause I knew that was gonna be a pain. Then all the turn signal, dimmer, hazard crap...never did figure out how that comes out, and it is going to have to soon cause important looking plastic pieces are broken. Anyway, didn't need to move it anyway cause there was a tiny little slot I jammed my screwdriver into and the cylinder came right out. I learned that all that stuff on t.v. about two wires is much harder work than real life....and I learned that you can't start my jeep with a screwdriver, and I don't see how anyone else can start theirs that way either. Mine has to be started with a pair of needle nose pliers. Steering wheel is now on upside down. I tried everything I could think of and the stupid lock plate could only go on one way, so that is how I put it on. One big surprise was all the flipping hair and greasy, oily dirt that was inside the column. How in the heck does that happen? This has been a strange 5 week relationship with my jeep. At least now I can go jeeping tomorrow. Thanks for all the help, guys.
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Unread 01-20-2008, 09:21 AM   #15
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my key wouldnt come out one day so i got mad and pulled it real hard and ripped it out. Now i just use a pair of pliers to start my jeep.
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