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Unread 04-25-2013, 06:26 PM   #1
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WJ Ignition Switch won't turn

Went out today and put the key in & the switch won't turn. It's like when the steering wheel is locked & putting pressure on the switch & you turn the wheel slightly & it turns, well NOT that. In fact the steering wheel doesn't lock, it turns freely with the Jeep turned off. Now the wheel not locking isn't a concern but when I can't turn the key to start it, that's a problem. Is this a common thing? Looks like I have to change the whole upper steering wheel housing assembly.

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Unread 04-25-2013, 07:00 PM   #2
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It actually is a semi common things... most likely the keys in the tumbler has given out or your key is too worn down to turn the tumbler.

One little trick is you can stick the key in, give it a tap on the end with something and might help you get it started, but you will need to have the key in and turned in order to remove the tumbler.

Once you remove the tumbler, which is done by pressing the release on the bottom of the tumbler, then you can rebuild it for really cheap.

so Its actually an easy realatively cheap fix assuming that you can make it work one more time haha, just dont take the key out once it does unless you have already removed the tumbler.

check rock auto.com for parts or maybe even local AZ or Advanced

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Unread 04-25-2013, 07:02 PM   #3
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here watch this you will see what I meant...


easy as pie, just gotta take the one screw out and the two plastic pieces surrounding steering column.

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Unread 04-25-2013, 08:31 PM   #4
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Thanks for the reply & the video. I see that you can buy a new key cylinder with new keys but then I need to have the dealer program the keys, correct? I did manage to get it to turn by squirting a few gallons of WD40, alright about 3 or 4 sprays, and it will turn off & on 20 times if I don't remove the key, but if I remove the key and put it back in, I have to wiggle it to get the tumblers lined up again. Now IF I start the "I got 1 key" programming by inserting each key alternately but each time I switch keys the cylinder gets switched too, think that will work?
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Unread 04-25-2013, 10:53 PM   #5
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Also, when you said rebuild, did you mean replace the cylinder or rebuild it & use the same key?
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Unread 04-26-2013, 12:26 AM   #6
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you could rebuild and use the same key, you just have to make sure you put the pieces into the new tumbler exactly as they are in your current tumbler.

Or you can have new keys cut and programmed as well I suppose... but then they won't fit the door lock.

I say just rebuild it to fit your current key, and get some back ups so incase the key is too worn out. you only need 2 keys and you can program 8 more. or maybe its up to 8 but either way... Ive programmed 3 myself

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Unread 04-26-2013, 01:37 AM   #7
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Thanks again silentbob21. So they sell the tumblers?
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Unread 04-26-2013, 01:44 AM   #8
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yup for sure,

check this out, will teach you a lot

http://www.rockauto.com/catalog/more...760&cc=1386783

DORMAN Part # 924703 $45.79 plus shipping from rockauto.com

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Unread 04-26-2013, 01:49 AM   #9
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piece of cake really haha, and not terrible at $50. you might be able to pick up a tumbler at local auto parts store as well.

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Unread 04-26-2013, 11:44 AM   #10
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Thanks again, that last link to that video showing the tumbler replacement was great. Went to local store got the Dorman kit for 65, printed out the online price because the quoted me 81. Not only did I get it rebuilt & working but I also have enough new tumblers to do it again. All is working fine.
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Unread 04-26-2013, 12:57 PM   #11
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Awesome. Easy day
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