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Unread 07-03-2013, 06:57 PM   #1
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Has anyone fixed stripped ignition switch gears?

I bought a CJ8 with a broken ignitions switch, they say they replaced the key switch itself and its the plastic gears that are broken but i can only find one gear and not the other anywhere. im not really sure how to fix it some toggle switches and hidden switches on the dash is getting old im not big on rigging things so they work i want it to be right if anyone has some info that could help i would really appreciate it thanks


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Unread 07-04-2013, 09:02 AM   #2
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NAPA has the Rack & Sector gears you are looking for.

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Unread 07-04-2013, 11:39 AM   #3
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Don't just ask for Jeep. They are Saginaw parts used on about a jillion Chevrolets.
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Unread 07-04-2013, 04:52 PM   #4
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oh wow awsome thanks guys
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Unread 07-04-2013, 11:37 PM   #5
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The plastic sector gear can chip or wear teeth to the point where it slips on the rack. Then no start.

You will need to take the wheel off and strip the steering column to below the indicators to the point where you can push down into a small hole and press the locking bar into the side of the lock cylinder. It will then pop out from the side of the column and you can get in with some needle nose pliers to hook that sector gear that connects to the end of the lock cylinder. The new one just pushes in but make sure you get it all lined up right.
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Unread 07-05-2013, 06:24 AM   #6
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A word of caution if just replacing the sector and rack gear because you might be disappointed with the end results.

I replaced both gears and a key switch only to have the same problem occur with starting/not starting sometimes after the repairs. My original steering column had to be replaced due to the fact that the plastic housing where the rack gear moved in and out of was worn to a point where it would not keep the rack gear in alignment. The worn plastic column housing made the rack gear tilt some and would lose alignment with the sector gear and cause a no start situation.

I replaced the entire steering column with a rebuilt tilt wheel unit... problem solved.
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Unread 07-07-2013, 09:39 AM   #7
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good to know i hope i dont have to replace the column those are very expensive new as you know
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