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post #1 of 11 Old 09-08-2011, 05:29 PM Thread Starter
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Ignition switch problem

If i turn my key all the way to start my cj, no go. It used to work SOMETIMES. Now i have a push button wired to the solenoid. My question is where is the problem?, is it in the key cylinder, the column, switch where the rod goes into, etc etc.

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post #2 of 11 Old 09-08-2011, 05:42 PM
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I have the same issue. Mine is the rod that goes down from the key switch. My column is cracked on top and I have to push pressure down on the crack so that the rod will do right. Will fix eventually, used to it now. Kind of a an anti-steal security feature for me.

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post #3 of 11 Old 09-08-2011, 05:45 PM
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There is a gear behind the key and tumbler that is famous for jumping teeth due to a weak spring. You need to pick up a set from a parts house in the HELP section, someone posted a number the other day, I believe it is called a pinion and spector/sector gear. You have to tear the steering column down to get to them but it's not to tough and only requires a few common special tools.

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My friend and i tore his yj column apart and never got it back together, im a little nervous about doing it on mine...
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post #5 of 11 Old 09-08-2011, 05:54 PM
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It's really not difficult at all, tilt columns are a little more of a challenge and require an additional not so common special tool but still very doable. Where in PA are you? I spend way too much time up here maybe I can run by one night and guide you through it. You can also buy rebuilt columns on ebay for $100 or so.

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I live right outside of hazleton, mine is a tilt
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post #7 of 11 Old 09-08-2011, 06:09 PM
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The rod goes from the little gear in the steering column to the actual ignition switch mounted on top of the column under the dash. It is held in by 2 screws and is very easy to replace. It costs about $19 at Napa. I have had to replace 2 of them. One was a mechanical switch problem that prevented the jeep from cranking and the other time was due to an electrical short that fried the inside of the switch. Very easy and cheap part to replace. One of those "just replace it to rule it out as a problem" parts.
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post #8 of 11 Old 09-08-2011, 06:20 PM
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I spend a lot of time in Doylestown which shows to be almost 2 hours away. In the next month I am going to be in Boyertown, West Chester, New Holland, and Langhorne all of which are about 2 hours away. If no one else will help or you don't tackle it we can arrange to get together one night. The best for me will be the week of the 19th probably on the Tuesday. Just plan a late night cause I will be in New Holland, get off between 5 and 6 and have to drive up. I can bring the tools you don't have on the plane with me.

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post #9 of 11 Old 09-08-2011, 07:55 PM
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Coming to Doylestown PA? Come on over for a few beers and I can give you a rack and sector gear from my column that I believed I saved as they were brand new. Have a couple ignition switches laying around that he can have too but they are for non-tilt units.

But I travel just as much as you probably do.

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post #10 of 11 Old 09-08-2011, 08:54 PM
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I'll touch base next time I'm up there, I'm in Cherry Hill this week but I think it is Nov before I am back IN D-town. Fred's Jeep/Dodge store is having a car show in Oct around the 17th I think, so I may run over for that I'll be in Langhorne that week. I'll be in Cape May Courthouse the end of Oct and Turnersville the beginning of Nov so ya I travel a bit.

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post #11 of 11 Old 09-08-2011, 09:42 PM
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click on this link:

http://www.epiccomputer.com/dale/jee...tilt/tilt.html

for a step by step column tear down, John Strenk also has one, couldn't find it. it isn't difficult, this guy makes it easier
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