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Unread 02-24-2010, 11:10 AM   #1
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Ignition Issue - Key won't turn at all

On my 2000 WJ key goes in fine but won't turn forward or backwards. Tried giggling the shifter to see if maybe it was the shifter lock. The steering wheel also moves freely so it's not the steering lock. Do i have a bad ignition? If so, how do I replace? This jeep is equipped with the coded key.

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Unread 02-24-2010, 01:59 PM   #2
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On my 2000 WJ key goes in fine but won't turn forward or backwards. Tried giggling the shifter to see if maybe it was the shifter lock. The steering wheel also moves freely so it's not the steering lock. Do i have a bad ignition? If so, how do I replace? This jeep is equipped with the coded key.
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Unread 02-26-2010, 04:46 PM   #3
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On my 2000 WJ key goes in fine but won't turn forward or backwards. Tried giggling the shifter to see if maybe it was the shifter lock. The steering wheel also moves freely so it's not the steering lock. Do i have a bad ignition? If so, how do I replace? This jeep is equipped with the coded key.
Solved this on my own so I figured I'd give the solution incase anyone finds this during a search. I tried tapping the key as I turned it with a rubber mallet (or the butt end of a screw driver should work) and it still won't budge forward. I then put some graphite powder (just a little bit!) in the key slot and worked it around with the key for a few minutes. After tapping with the mallet I saw able to get the key to move forward. At this point I would recommend removing the ignition tumbler and bring to a lock-smith to be rebuilt or in my case just replaced the part all together. (Only $50 at my local locksmith.) To remove the tumbler - push the key forward one click and then remove the bezel surrounding the steering wheel. There is a single screw under the column that holds the bottom part on. Under the tumbler there is a little mechanism that you push up and then you can pull the key out with the tumbler attached. Use a small flat-head screw driver to push the mechanism. Also, remember, the key has to turn 1-click forward to be able to remove this part. Good luck.
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Unread 01-26-2012, 10:28 AM   #4
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I cant believe this worked!

I was in the process of locating a tow-service to tow my Jeep to get the ignition cylinder replaced when I found these old posts. A few days ago, the key for my 99 TJ Wrangler just stopped going all the way in and would not turn the ignition. Although the steering wheel was not locked, the key would not go all the way in and turn the ignition. I read this post, and put a dishtowel over the key in the ignition and gave it a few raps with a hammer.. It turned! It still sticks and prob needs to be replaced/fixed, but at least I can DRIVE IT to be fixed and not tow it.

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Unread 03-08-2013, 08:03 AM   #5
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A friend has a '96 Grand Cherokee. His ignition key will not turn after being inserted in the ignition. His steering wheel lock also seems to be disengaged. You have to turn the key partway to press the release pin to pull the key cylinder right? How do you do that if the key will not turn to the position to push the release pin?

Is his ignition key coded? Is that a problem if we have to remove and replace the key cylinder and replace it with a new one? How do you re-code the new key?
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Unread 03-08-2013, 08:33 AM   #6
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The key should not be coded. The ignition lock cylinder should be able to be cleaned I would think.
http://www.omegaowners.com/forum/ind...501#msg1155501
The link is what I used to fix this problem in my 97 Catera. I would guess the ignition switch in the jeep would be similar. Just a guess don't know for sure. If anyone tries it, take some pictures and post up a how to. Keep in mind the springs and levers are tiny and kind of a pain to deal with. If nothing else you could pull the lock and have a locksmith repair it. Might be cheaper to just replace it.
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Unread 04-04-2013, 08:08 AM   #7
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I had the same issue, just insert the key and hit it with a hammer, I shot a video of it:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9919jE9gVr8
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Unread 11-13-2013, 09:58 AM   #8
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This just happened to me. I used the hammer trick to get it home, wouldn't recommend as a long term fix though. found this vid on you tube. I got it apart, was really dirty. Cleaned and put back, turns every time. here is vid link:
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