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Unread Today, 05:16 PM   #1
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best way to get Lock cylinder out? key wont turn?

Hello everyone this is my first post and this is for my friends jeep grand cherokee 1993 ZJ with 155K miles. he just picked up the jeep and I told him to go for it on the test drive now that we cant get it started i feel responsible and want to help him out.

We got it really cheap! due to a failed front driver side half shaft. I replaced that for him and all was well..... until the temperature rose and now his viscous coupler binds on slow turns . I plan to replace his transfercase with an alternative so that he will have 2wd as well as 4x4 without the viscous coupler that wears out.

Anyways on too the relevant topic <<<<

His jeep is stuck at the construction site he is working at, the key will not turn. we have tried tapping it with a hammer, lubricating with WD40, jiggling the steering wheel, I jacked the car from the front diff and we attemped to turn the key while pushing the wheels. it will not turn no matter what!

at this point and for the price of the vehicle he wouldn't care about using a screwdriver to start it. I am wondering if we can just drill the lock cylinder out to facillitate this? If we can manage that then we can turn it to on to replace the lock cylinder with a new key but for right now it needs to be fixed as cheap as possible as hes not happy with it...

I realize it will be a great vehicle once the 4x4 doesn't bind up. I grabbed a spare ignition switch / lock from a junkyard so if I don't get it right the first time I can do it again.

is this feasible?

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Unread Today, 09:06 PM   #2
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First post, huh. Your story is pretty similar to one posted by this Tiagz.

Since he's an apprentice technician and he says he already removed his I'd contact him for advice. His master technician probably was able to give him good advice.

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