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.
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?
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
2004 WJ SE 4.0L I6, NV242, IRO 6.5 LAs D44a Spartan locked, 4.88s, BFG KM2s 35/12.5/15
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.