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Ignition Problem - How hard to replace steering column?

Hi all,

I'm about ready to purchase a '97 SE from a friend of mine, but it has an issue that I've been stumbling across on google. Basically there is a pin that has broken off the ignition tumbler which is needed to trigger the starter lever. Everything I've been finding says that the entire column needs replacing (you can't order these parts separately). This was also verified by his mechanic.

I haven't personally dug in there to see for myself, and for a current fix he has a secondary ignition wired in line (puts the OEM key in to unlock the wheel, then starts with the second key).

I have a buddy with a machine shop that might be able to help out, but seeing as how you can get a used column for $100 pretty easily I'm wondering how hard this is to swap out? (Does have air bags). I'm pretty handy with a wrench, but this is my first Wrangler, so I want to know what I'm getting into.


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