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Unread 08-10-2009, 06:16 PM   #1
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Ignition switch wont turn

2000 Grand Cherokee 6cyl auto sometimes when I try to start my car the ignition key wont turn.I can hit the key with my hand 2 or 3 times and it will turn. Does anyone know where I can get a blue print of the steering column. Something broken and I would like to fix it. Thank You

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Unread 08-10-2009, 06:23 PM   #2
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jeepslimited.com , sign up , sign in , you'll be able to download the factory service manual free . It will have the specs and pics you want . The parts lists also make for nice references
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Unread 08-10-2009, 06:42 PM   #3
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It's most likely your key cylinder, its a common problem. You should just have to take the cover around the steering colum off, take out the key switch(which contains the key cylinder). This main require some special tools most likely saftey torx. The new key cylinder should have instructions on how to install it.
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Unread 08-11-2009, 02:03 AM   #4
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had to replace the cylendar on my ZJ. my moms WJ did the same thing yours did but it was years ago and was replaced under warranty. i say fix it ASAP, my moms was sticking for a few months and eventually left her stranded.
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Unread 08-11-2009, 06:57 AM   #5
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Thanks Newfire! A little off topic but that site is really nice.
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Unread 08-11-2009, 07:10 AM   #6
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Just a quick heads up. The ignition cylinder for this is not cheap (part # 05083915AB)
But if you know you local dealer parts guy, have him use cylinder # 04746666. It works with all TJ's 97+ XJ's and 98+ Grands (ZJ and WJ)
It is a big differance in price (about 1/2)
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Unread 08-11-2009, 03:33 PM   #7
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Hay guys thanks for the tips,that will help alot.
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Unread 08-12-2009, 07:24 AM   #8
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Remove the cylinder, take it to a locksmith and get it re-keyed. They actually don't change the keys, but change the springs in the cylinder. Had the same problem, until it would not turn. It cost me $30, it was done in an hour. The locksmith said it would last 100,000 miles. I hope the rest of it does.
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Unread 08-12-2009, 12:52 PM   #9
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Do the springs & cylinder yourself: http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f310/key-ignition-lock-issue-key-no-turn-597301/

Remove & clean everything from the old cylinder up, writing down the codes on the tumbler parts in order as you remove them and reassemble into the new cylinder as they are taken out. Use the new lube that comes with the new cylinder and yes...good for another 100k miles.
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Unread 08-13-2009, 07:49 PM   #10
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Thanks, yall made what I though might be difficult sound a lot easier.Thanks for the info. I wish they had a site like this for boat repair.(just kidding)
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Unread 09-15-2009, 08:06 PM   #11
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Quick update Mikealdo I took your advice the lock smith cost me $8.00 Works great Thanks.
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