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Unread 08-16-2001, 01:17 AM   #1
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ignition lock cylinder

Someone unfortunately tried to steal my jeep and now my igniton is all messed up i cant fit my key in it anymore. how would i go about replacing the lock cylinder. is there a way other than drilling it out

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Unread 08-16-2001, 01:25 PM   #2
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STOP! PUT THE DRILL AWAY! I'm glad that they didn't get your Jeep. If your jeep is 76 and up:
1) pull of horn button
2)remove steering wheel nut
3) use steering wheel puller to remove wheel
4) use a lock plate compresser to release the snap ring on the lock plate.
5)loosen turn signal cam and piviot it out of way to access key lock.
6) remove retaining screw and slide out lock
7) Auto Zone has a replacement for about 12 bucks. 85 and 86 models use a different GM style. Good luck with it.

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Unread 08-31-2001, 11:17 AM   #3
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My husband and I have had a big headache with the ignition switch. We bought a Haynes manual and had no luck with their description on how to remove the ignition switch, and everyone said to remove the steering wheel. However, after buying a Chilton's manual and our mechanic changed it out for us, it's not as hard as we thought.

1. Disconnect the battery ground cable.
2. Remove the turn signal switch.
3. Insert the key. Position as fillows:
1976-83 With the manual transmission, put it in the ON position, with automatic, put it in the OFF/LOCK.
1984-86: Two dent positions, clockwise, beyond OFF/LOCK.
4. Working through the slot next to the turn signal switch mounting boss, use a thin screwdriver to release the lock cylinder.
5. To install, insert the key in the new lock cylinder. Hold the sleeve and turn the key clockwise until it stops. Align the cylinder retaining tab with the housing slot and insert the cylinder. Push the cylinder in, rotate to engage, then push in until the retaining tab engages the housing groove.
6. The rest of the procedure is the reverse of removal.

This is from "Chilton's Manual". I wish I had know before I took it to my mechanic. We could have done it ourself.

Hope it helps.
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Unread 08-31-2001, 01:23 PM   #4
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I just did this myself last week in my YJ. It was quite simple as stated previously. I had never done it before either. Took me about 1 1/2 hours to do.
The part was only 19.00. Good luck. Dont pay someone $200.00 (what I was quoted)to do it.
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Unread 11-12-2011, 09:00 AM   #5
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Follow "only in a jeep cj"'s instructions but you may have a locking tab instead of a locking screw. Just push the tab in with a small screwdriver and the cylinder should slide out. If it's that messed up where you can't insert the key then "jbrown"'s advice won't help.
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