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Old 03-08-2014, 04:32 PM   #1
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Jeep wont start

My key doesnt turn all the way. The guy at pepboys said that the switch connects to a housing unit in the ignition to help it turn all the way so i have to get a new one. What exactly is going on and how much does it cost to fix the problem?

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This sounds like a question for Big Sarge, he'll come around soon. I could answer, but I defer to his mechanical expertise on Wranglers. You could try to PM him, in case he doesn't see your thread.

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Old 03-08-2014, 04:45 PM   #3
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same problem in my Camaro I had a few years ago it just gets worn out and breaks cost me 100 to get it fixed at the local ignition shop it slowly went from where I could wiggle and shake the key to where it would turn to not turning anymore
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Sounds like they are talking about the actuator pin. That connects the key cylinder to the ignition switch. It is somewhat common for the tip to break off & the key won’t turn the switch fat enough to get to the start position. The dealer won’t supply that part but you can get it from a parts store or on line. About $30-40 as I recall.


Here is a link to a photo of the broken part (they all break here).

98 tj wont start (broken pin photo)

Here is a link to a video on replacement

04 not starting! SOS sitting in a parking lot (video)
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