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Unread 09-07-2013, 08:55 PM   #1
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2006 WK ignition switch install

2006 WK ignition switch install;

After having intermittent failures in the ignition I decided to install the electrical part of the ignition switch.

Order the ignition switch from dealer or online, about $48.00.
Part number for mine was; 04685719AB


Pull the negative side of the battery if you like (I didn't).

Remove the surround for the ignition/key hole. It has tabs on left and right,
just pop it out, comes off easily.


Remove the dash surround for the guages, pops off, wedge fingers in the lateral sides of the guage cluster and pull straight back.


Lower the kickpanel, below steering wheel, on a hinge and just pops down.


Loosen, but don't remove the star screw at the bottom right of the guage cluster area.


Remove two star screws below ingition switch housing.


I pushed inward/toward front of WK on the two metal tabs below the seitch housing to loosen the housing from the dash. It takes some twisting and turning to monkey the switch housing out from behind the dash into the space below. In that position you can easily remove the wiring connector and switch. Remove the single star screw at the corner of the housing.
You will need to pinch the tabs on the main housing to remove the electrical switch. Comes off relatively easily. You may need to insert the key and rotate it to line up with the hole on the new switch.

Just reverse the procedure to reassemble.

I suggest testing the switch before wiggling it back in to place in the dash.

The small rectangular box to the right of the switch with the strange ring around the shaft of the switch appears to be the sensor for a chip in the key.
Costs about $120 and will need to be programmed to let your old key work with the sensor. Don't bother replacing that one, ask me how I know. Trial and ERROR. After doing it a few times, the process took about 30 minutes.
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Unread 09-08-2013, 07:37 AM   #2
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Nice write-up. I can confirm the ring around the ignition lock cylinder is an antenna for the transponder in the key.
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Unread 09-28-2013, 09:38 AM   #3
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Thanks DRCracker!! This helped so much! Had to disconnect two small wire harness plugs and cut a zip tie holding a small black box and the whole thing was able to be brought out right by the steering column. Ignition switch was $46.11 with shipping from parts.com. Took me about an hour since I'm a novice. Way better than the $350-500 quoted from the dealership! Thank you everyone for all the posts and participation in the forums. They're invaluable.

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Unread 09-29-2013, 08:03 PM   #4
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So once you install the new switch, do you have to get something programmed...?
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Unread 10-01-2013, 08:51 PM   #5
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No programming needed, just plug it in and it fires right up.

If you change the key antenna , you will have to have it programmed at dealer.

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Unread 10-02-2013, 06:33 PM   #6
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Ahh I see! Thank you guys!
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Unread 10-28-2013, 09:28 AM   #7
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I'm replacing the ignition switch on my 2006 Commander, and of course the trim around the dash is quite different from the GC trim shown. (Thanks for doing this, btw.)

Specifically, the Commander doesn't have the easy access to the instrument cluster area as shown in these photos, which looks like it gets you access to a third screw to release the assembly from the dashboard.

Has anyone done a ~2006 Commander switch who could tell me where all the screws are so I don't go ripping out trim unnecessarily? I'm not sure there is a third screw hidden by the trim but suspect that there is...

thanks!

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Unread 10-29-2013, 05:57 PM   #8
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@ Telefoto. I replaced my ignition switch on my 2006 Jeep Commander. I don't think I ended up taking out the instrument panel. After cutting a zip tie holding some wires together, I was able to pull the ignition switch out from the kickpanel under the steering wheel. Took a little phinageling but worked out. Good luck.

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J, thanks so much -- to double-check: only the two Torx screws on the front of the fascia, right, no hidden third screw up in there somewhere?

Best,

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J, thanks so much -- to double-check: only the two Torx screws on the front of the fascia, right, no hidden third screw up in there somewhere?

Best,

Craig
Craig,
When you get it done, how about posting some pics of the difference between your install and the WK install. This would be a good place for pics for others looking for the info.

Thanks,
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I will share photos when I get to this project -- for now I've reached up and pulled the connector and cleaned the connection. Craig
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So if I replace my ignition like you did, I don't need to have my keys reprogrammed?
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Unread 03-21-2014, 07:02 PM   #13
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2006 WK ignition switch install;


The small rectangular box to the right of the switch with the strange ring around the shaft of the switch appears to be the sensor for a chip in the key.
Costs about $120 and will need to be programmed to let your old key work with the sensor. Don't bother replacing that one, ask me how I know. Trial and ERROR. After doing it a few times, the process took about 30 minutes.
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DON'T replace that one.

If you replace just the box connected to the back of the keyed switch as described, no key changes or programming were necessary.

This works on 2005-2007, can't be sure of the other years.

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Unread 04-01-2014, 09:43 AM   #14
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Well I replaced my ignition switch today. The process didn't go too bad. The hardest part was trying to get the ignition out to switch it. Just wrangling it around under the dash was the hard part. The directions for replacement made this replacement very easy. Thanks everyone.

It seems to have corrected the problem of the lights not being on and the problem of getting messages saying I have a bad key.

Thanks again! It was very helpful.
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DRCracker - Thanks so much

My second ignition switch went in my 06 Grand, The first one cost me $400 this one cost $33 for the part. Much props to you. the photos and description made me feel like a seasoned mechanic and it now works perfectly. Thanks again
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