Key Won't Turn - Stuck Ignition Switch - FIXED -
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post #1 of 7 Old 11-27-2005, 08:06 AM Thread Starter
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Key Won't Turn - Stuck Ignition Switch - FIXED

Just thought I'd post a fix for a problem that happened to my 1999 Grand Cherokee. I would love to give the author credit as I found the fix on this web site - but I could not find the post again.

So here was my problem. The key would not turn in the ignition switch. I thought that it was a simple "turn the wheel a little" to relieve the pressure off of the locking mechanism - but unfortuantely it was not that simple. No matter how much I turned the steering wheel - or tried to jiggle the key - it would not turn. Shifter was fully forward and brake applied as well.

The fix - a hammer - and you don't need a BFH either! I used a very small hammer and tapped in on the key - like you are trying to hammer it further INTO the lock - not to sheer it off.

All it took was two light taps and Voila - key turned and problem has not reoccured. I realize that this may be a short term fix and that the locking mechanism may need to be replaced at some point in the future - but it got me on the road again.

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post #2 of 7 Old 11-27-2005, 09:12 AM
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My WJ's lock cylinder had to be replaced twice in a one year time period. They have issues.

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That just happen to my sister in law's 00 JGC. Tried the hammer an it worked, but reocurred again whats the solution?

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I can only report some hearsay. Try lubing the lock cylinder.
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post #5 of 7 Old 06-04-2013, 11:40 PM
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There is a locking mechanism about 2-4 inches past the ignition inside the column. the only way to see it is to have the column cover off(the plastic piece that surrounds the area around the ignition), once it is off just push the lock down and the key will come out. There must be some type of adjustment somewhere not too sure though. I just know this because i was messing around in there and my key got stuck too.

By the way this thread is 8 years old.
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I know this is old as dirt but try pushing the OD off button instead of bfh

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post #7 of 7 Old 05-30-2017, 05:38 AM
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Tap the key with a hammer!

Thought this was crazy, but figured I would give it a try prior to replacing the ignition switch. Two firm taps and the key turned and Jeep fired right up. Thanks for the tip!
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