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Old September 6th, 2011, 02:40 PM   #1
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Default Key will not turn in ignition.

Drove my XJ out to get gas last night, everything was fine. Came home, parked, wheels perfectly straight. Get into it this afternoon, put in key, and the key will not turn. I've tried jiggling the shifter, turning the wheel, etc.

I started the jeep with my remote start, thinking I would be able to turn the wheel a little, but that didnt help, just activated the steering wheel lock.

I blew out the cylinder with some penetrant, thinking maybe there was something stuck, but everything appears fine. I also tried another key that is not worn as much as my regular key, no dice.

Steering locked, shifter locked, etc...

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Old September 6th, 2011, 02:46 PM   #2
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Spray some WD40 / other PENETRANT in the cylinder and work the key in and out. Similar thing has happened to me on door locks in the past and this cleared it right up. A locksmith told me as I was inquiring on trying a new cut for the key.
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Shit.

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If it's 97 or newer,its a common problem.put the key in and smack it with a hammer,like its a nail.dont hit to hard,and hit it square,so it doesnt bend.there is a little piece of plastic in the switch that breaks,and causes the prob. Smackin it is suposed to bust the piece and make it turn.
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If it's 97 or newer,its a common problem.put the key in and smack it with a hammer,like its a nail.dont hit to hard,and hit it square,so it doesnt bend.there is a little piece of plastic in the switch that breaks,and causes the prob. Smackin it is suposed to bust the piece and make it turn.
Before I read this, I tapped it in with a screwdriver handle, after a couple more minutes of playing with it, it is now working find. I went ahead and pulled the cylinder, I'll replace it just in case it was the issue...
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Old September 6th, 2011, 08:38 PM   #6
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Before I read this, I tapped it in with a screwdriver handle, after a couple more minutes of playing with it, it is now working find. I went ahead and pulled the cylinder, I'll replace it just in case it was the issue...
I would replace the key too.
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Old September 6th, 2011, 10:30 PM   #7
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I would replace the key too.
New cylinder comes with new key.
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Old September 6th, 2011, 10:52 PM   #8
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Did you just steal someones jeep?
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I'll be a son of a bitch, it worked! See kids, this is why you search FIRST
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That will get you by for a few months, only works for a few times before it needs replacing rebuilding, might wanna take care of it before you get stranded
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If it's 97 or newer,its a common problem.put the key in and smack it with a hammer,like its a nail.dont hit to hard,and hit it square,so it doesnt bend.there is a little piece of plastic in the switch that breaks,and causes the prob. Smackin it is suposed to bust the piece and make it turn.
Worked on my Dakota two years ago. No issues since.
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This is an old thread. The jeep has since been crushed, and I bought a new car.
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cool, but we are no longer talking about your jeep anymore, your thread has been taken over. Move along please
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cool, but we are no longer talking about your jeep anymore, your thread has been taken over. Move along please
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That will get you by for a few months, only works for a few times before it needs replacing rebuilding, might wanna take care of it before you get stranded
plan to...but this gets me able to move it in and out of the garage to work on it.
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Bullshit.

The busted plastic piece falls out, it cant happen again. If you replace the ignition you put that junk plastic piece back in there. Then it will fail again.
Mine failed at 60,000 miles.
I have put 90,000 miles on my jeep without a problem since I fixed it with a hammer.
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Bullshit.

The busted plastic piece falls out, it cant happen again. If you replace the ignition you put that junk plastic piece back in there. Then it will fail again.
Mine failed at 60,000 miles.
I have put 90,000 miles on my jeep without a problem since I fixed it with a hammer.
Well in higher mileage cases, on both my dads and friends jeeps, both around 150k, tapping the.key worked the first and second times, but by the third time, nothing would work and they needed new cylinders. Theres more to wear in the cylinders than a plastic part.
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plastic gets old and brittle some times in tractor dashbords that causes loss of control of the loader, making snow plowing dificult in temperatures less than 20 degrees unless you plug in the block heater and let it run long enough to warm the neighbors wood pile next to the outdoor log splitter that stopped running because the gas they put in it had water droplets from an unsofted high iron content old style well.
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