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Unread 10-05-2009, 11:58 AM   #1
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Key lock cylinder won't turn to start/run

I'm new to the forum and here's my first question. I have a 1984 CJ7, 258, 5 speed with a tilt steering wheel. Yesterday I couldn't move the key from the run position to the lock position although I could turn the engine off. Wtih some luck I did finally get to the locked position and was able to get the key out. Now I can't get to the start position! Do you think replacing the lock cylinder will solve this problem or there something else going on inside the steering column? Thanks for any help.

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Unread 10-05-2009, 12:28 PM   #2
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I just slap or hit the column and it unlocks the key position, but I can always start or stop the Jeep
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Unread 10-05-2009, 07:36 PM   #3
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Look for info from John Strenk on this. He did a great pic filled info guide on this.
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Unread 10-05-2009, 11:46 PM   #4
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........ Now I can't get to the start position! Do you think replacing the lock cylinder will solve this problem or there something else going on inside the steering column? Thanks for any help.
It may be that the ignition lock rack has broken and is jammed in the column. If you do a search for "motormite 82311" you should find the parts I am talking about. The tilt column has a sort of rack and pinion setup. I have a post on or about 9-26-09.
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Unread 10-20-2009, 10:36 AM   #5
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I took the key cylinder out only to find out it was the ignition switch. I didn't realize that the connection was mechanical. Thanks for your advise.
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Unread 10-20-2009, 10:40 AM   #6
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Yeah there is a rod that runs down to the ign switch. (at least on the non tilt ones)

The whole system is a pain.
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