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Old 05-13-2012, 04:16 PM   #1
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Key comes out when ignition is turned all the way back

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Is my key supposed to come out when I turn the ignition all the way back.

What is happening is I'm parking the Jeep when I'm done driving and when I turn the ignition off it's really easy to go all the way back the key comes out, but I'm leaving the radio on. Is this normal?

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Old 05-13-2012, 05:15 PM   #2
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Not normal. The key tumbler is shot. To fix it you must replace it. It is not really a concern though I ran that way for years before I fixed mine.

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Old 05-13-2012, 05:38 PM   #3
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My Jeep was previously stolen from previous owner and my key comes out while it's still running. It's kind of nice because I don't have to turn it off to unlock my glove box. Just don't tell anybody locally until you fix it. If someone is going to steal your Jeep, they will do it no matter if you have a working tumbler or not.
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Old 05-13-2012, 06:49 PM   #4
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Do I have to replace the entire ignition? or what part?
I'd hate to replace the ignition, just paid almost $70 for a extra key.
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No you do not need to replace the whole ignition. Buy the tumbler and then take it to a locksmith to get it matched to the key you have. If I remember the tumbler was like $50 and the locksmith charged me like $20. To replace it can be a pain. Take it slow and take pictures with your digital camera and you will be much happier. You will need a steering wheel puller and some small torx bits. Take your time and it will be fine if you take on the project yourself.
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Old 05-13-2012, 09:29 PM   #6
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Mine comes out but it's because the key is worn out.
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Old 05-14-2012, 12:15 PM   #7
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Mine comes out in all positions, even while running. I call it a feature!
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Old 05-14-2012, 08:27 PM   #8
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Mine comes out in all positions, even while running. I call it a feature!
mine does to....I like it.....
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Old 05-15-2012, 12:37 AM   #9
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I'm gonna let it ride......
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Old 09-23-2012, 04:06 PM   #10
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I'd like to get this fixed. My main reason is that my wife just used the Jeep and somehow managed to pull out the key in a position past where it should be removed, and the battery drained. The same thing could happen if I lend the car to someone or have it valeted over night at a hotel or something.

Is the best bet to start with a new key? Or do I try to get the entire key assembly replaced? If it's the former, basic question, how do I go about getting a new key made? Call locksmith?

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Old 09-23-2012, 04:09 PM   #11
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I thought it was something all TJs came with when I got mine!!! I don't mind it though as stated its like a feature
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Old 09-23-2012, 04:16 PM   #12
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Ha...I thought mine was the only one...
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Old 09-24-2012, 04:17 PM   #13
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Is it normal for the battery to drain overnight if the key is removed from the wrong position? My wife swears she didn't leave the lights on or anything (although its possible the ac fan might have been left on low.) The battery is new and is fine once I jumped it.
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Is it normal for the battery to drain overnight if the key is removed from the wrong position? My wife swears she didn't leave the lights on or anything (although its possible the ac fan might have been left on low.) The battery is new and is fine once I jumped it.
That's happened to me before when my gf drove my jeep. Jumped it and no problems at all since

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