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Old 06-17-2009, 01:37 PM   #1
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Ignition switch trouble

Hi all, first post here... I did a search and returned no results for my issue. My '94 YJ suddenly stopped turning the starter over in the normal start/engage position. Everything else works as should (lights come on, etc.). I tried the relays to no avail, and I can jump the starter to light it off with the key on.

I think it's the switch that resides at the bottom of the steering column, yes? This tough to change? Anyone?

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Old 06-17-2009, 02:54 PM   #2
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No, not a tough change. I just did mine a month ago, even though it was fine (turned out the ECU was bad).

Just make sure that you secure the dimmer switch rod when you remove it. The high/low beam switch is mounted on top of the ignition switch. There is a rod going from the turn signal to the dimmer switch....make sure you don't let it move toward the floorboard...or you will have to remove your steering wheel to engage it again (thats what I did)

It a pretty easy job. I took my seat out to lay down in my Jeep.

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Old 06-17-2009, 03:07 PM   #3
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No, not a tough change. I just did mine a month ago, even though it was fine (turned out the ECU was bad).
Just make sure that you secure the dimmer switch rod when you remove it.
It a pretty easy job. I took my seat out to lay down in my Jeep.
Thanks for the comments/notes. You had the same problem? What was the story with the ECU? I won't order the switch (though I found it online for $21) if there's a chance it's the ECU(?).

Awaiting your reply again.

TIA.
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Old 06-18-2009, 12:28 PM   #4
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No, my problem was my jeep just died. I checked all the relays also, and they worked. My ignition switch (11.99 at NAPA) was a last resort to try before the ECU. After the ECU, I had spark again, my fuel pump worked again, and my check engine light started working again. I take it all of these things still work for you?

I would try changing out the switch...its a really easy job and isn't very $$$$. Even if it is not the issue, your only out $12. Keep checking back here...the guys on here are extremely knowledgeable and will assist whenever.
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Old 06-19-2009, 11:54 PM   #5
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most igniton switches dont fail to the point to be replaced. not saying that none are not to the point where they need to be replced but they could be disassembled to be cleaned. the most common failure is just dirty contacts so just gently disassemble the clips and clean and scuff the contact points and see if that solves your problems.
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Old 06-20-2009, 11:10 AM   #6
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most igniton switches dont fail to the point to be replaced. not saying that none are not to the point where they need to be replced but they could be disassembled to be cleaned. the most common failure is just dirty contacts so just gently disassemble the clips and clean and scuff the contact points and see if that solves your problems.
Thanks jeepster, I'll give that a whirl first... though for $12, I'll probably just grab one just in case.
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Old 08-10-2009, 09:42 PM   #7
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Quick update, I bought a spare switch just in case. Pulled the OEM version, and cleaned it. No dice... though I could hear a relay clicking. After musical relays (swapped with A/C and horn), it worked for a few days, now works sporadically. This sound familiar to anyone?

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