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post #1 of 5 Old 06-15-2006, 12:10 PM Thread Starter
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[SOLVED] Ignition switch or other?


My '99 TJ won't start anymore. If I turn the key the solonoid doesn't click and there is no power to the dash. I can, however, arc the starter with a long metal screw driver (dangerous I know) and I'm off and running.

This happened to me at lunch on a work day so I thought I'd take it to the closest dealer (foolish me). They told me it wasn't the solonoid or the ignition switch, but another switch in the stearing column. Further, they said it couldn't be replaced but rather I'd have to order a whole new column for $800!

This sounded fishy to me so I parked it at home and there it's stayed for a couple months (a crime I know). Now I've got the time to tinker with it. I think it is the ignition swtich, which I'm sure I can replace myself. Before I started tearing things apart though, I wanted to here some opinions.


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post #2 of 5 Old 06-15-2006, 12:18 PM
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Not sure of the changes between '99 and '00 models but my '00 has a two piece ignition switch assembly. One part is the keyed tumbler section (mechanical) and the other is from the mechanical into a little black module for the electrical. I took my steering column apart and there are four or five tamperproof torx screws holding on, the electrical one that is. I priced a replacement from Advanced Auto for around 50 bucks and you can replace all that yourself.
BTW, have you taken the steering column apart yet? If so, you should see the two piece switch assembly I'm talking about...as for the STEALERSHIP, I would want them to have the mechanic SHOW me $800 worth of repairs....sounds like this guy is a SCAM-JIT-SU master....Hope that helps,
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Check the fuses.
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I haven't taken the steering column apart yet, planning on doing so this weekend. I think the 99 is the same as the 2000 though. I did check the fuse, no problem there.

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[SOLVED] Ignition switch or other?

When I took the ignition switch off, a piece of the rod that inserts into the switch fell off. That broken piece was preventing the ignition switch from turning when the key is turned. I got a replacement from a garage for free. So much for the dealership's $800 parts bill!
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