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the_tenn_man 12-13-2010 05:56 PM

Where is the ignition switch located? (2006 WK)
It looks like I need to replace my ignition switch due to all my dash lights quickly coming on and then going off. Where is this beast located??

2006 Grand Cherokee Overlander

stanton3 12-13-2010 05:59 PM

Have you checked out the battery? Alot of times weird electrical problems are a sign the batt is on the way out....if youre still on your stock batt its probably about time anyways.

the_tenn_man 12-13-2010 06:24 PM

I bought the car 1.5 months ago and it has a newer looking CarQuest battery (and the dates aren't punched on top of the battery). I guess I could still have it checked. but I'd still like a location of the Ignition Switch.

Rwebber77 12-13-2010 11:55 PM

It's attached to the backside of the key-slot (if memory serves, been a while). Remove the cover under the steering wheel (right in front of your knees if sitting) and peek around, you should see it no problem. I picked my new one up for $47 at the dealer and the install took 45 minutes.

the_tenn_man 12-14-2010 10:40 AM

I saw pictures of the Ignition Switch online and I took a hard glance under the dash and didn't see it, so it must be up higher and turned backwards, etc. If it took you 45 minutes it must be up and out of the way. Can I follow the wires from the key tumbler to it?

Rwebber77 12-14-2010 10:57 AM

Hey, I just uploaded a 10 page snippet of my service manual to my server so you can see how it all works. Check out this link.

the_tenn_man 12-14-2010 01:52 PM

Thanks Rwebber777, I'll print it out tonight.

the_tenn_man 12-15-2010 08:44 AM

Well it's definitely the ignition switch (and not the battery). Last night while warming up the engine, I slightly pushed the key inward (towards the tumbler, there's a little play of about 1/16 inch) and all the dash lights lit up, tach & gas gauge died, blower motor died and then all went back to normal. The radio, headlights and engine were not affected. It did this every time I pushed the key inward. When I got home and the car was warm, it would not do it when I pushed the key inward. So maybe the heat expanded the components just enough to where there was no play where the tumbler connects to the switch.

Theogriff15 09-09-2013 05:06 PM

Any word on this thread guys? I need to replace the ignition switch to...

DRCracker 09-09-2013 08:06 PM

I just did this and here's a write-up with part #'s.


jahlman56 09-28-2013 10:40 AM

Follow DRCracker's link. Worked like a charm. Only cost $46.11 and 1 hour of my time.


Theogriff15 09-29-2013 09:02 PM

Awesome thanks guys!

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