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Unread 01-09-2014, 03:04 PM   #1
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Steering Column Lock Pin Spring

I'm working on my father-in-law's YJ and tore into the steering column today so that I could replace the turn signal/windshield wiper switch when it arrives. While doing this I noticed a small spring in the column was broken. After a good deal or research I determined that it was called the lock pin spring.

See it here: http://www.steeringcolumnservices.co...pin-spring.php

I went to order one, but it's going to be almost $13 for one stinkin' little spring. Since it originally came with a manual transmission it doesn't seem that this part of the column is needed/used. Is that correct?

May question is whether or not I can get by without spending $$ unnecessarily.

Thanks for your help.

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Unread 01-09-2014, 05:22 PM   #2
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Well I talked the company and found out that the pin is actually what locks your steering wheel when the ignition is off and has nothing to do with gear selection.

Guess I'll have to bite the bullet and get one.
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Unread 01-09-2014, 08:29 PM   #3
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pull the pin and spring out... i did on mine, but so i dont need a key in it when flat towing it.
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Unread 01-09-2014, 11:02 PM   #4
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pull the pin and spring out... i did on mine, but so i dont need a key in it when flat towing it.
I was thinking of doing exactly this.
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Unread 01-10-2014, 02:17 PM   #5
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Does anyone have one laying around they'd be willing to part with? I'd like to have it on my father-in-law's Wrangler, but don't want to spend the $13 on a new one.

I called the local Jeep dealer and that spring has been discontinued.
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Unread 01-10-2014, 02:20 PM   #6
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Find a junk yard and go get one out of a XJ. Same spring as YJ.
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Unread 01-10-2014, 02:39 PM   #7
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That's a good suggestion, thank you. There are some U-pull-it junkyards in my area. I will check to see what they have in their inventory.
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