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Unread 10-26-2012, 11:15 AM   #1
adawers
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1990 ignition tumbler suddenly hard to turn

my 1990 cherokee sport was doing fine all day, then all of a sudden i went to turn it off and the tumbler was extremely hard to turn. it wasnt stuck, just very difficult to turn. i tapped on it, tried it in Park, tried it in Neutral, and finally i looked at the key. the key appeared to be worn, but since it was in the middle of a turn, the pins already should have been lined up, not causing difficulty in turning at the point i am experiencing it. maybe im wrong? also, the NSS has been acting up recently, ive even had to hotwire the starter wire at the battery, but this wouldnt cause the tumbler to be stuck would it? or is the ignition tumbler itself just bad? thanks

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Unread 10-28-2012, 01:49 PM   #2
DosYeeps
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Sounds like it is a bad tumbler man, unfortunately you have to pull the Steering Wheel to replace it but it isn't that difficult with the correct tools.
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Unread 10-29-2012, 06:42 PM   #3
90DesertTanYJ
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Could be the tumbler or anything between there and the ignition switch. There is a gear on the other side of the tumbler that actuates a rack that moves the rod that goes to the ignition switch. Your just gonna have to get in there and look. You will need a steering wheel puller and a lock plate compression tool, both can be borrowed from AutoZone.
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