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Old 02-27-2012, 01:30 PM   #1
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Question Ignition key cylinder problems(not the barrel)...HELP PLEASE!

Hi all,

I've had the fault on my '97 TJ where the ignition key causes the radio, indicators and wipers to stop working, normally you can wiggle it around and they all come back on but now they will not come on unless i put pressure on the key, like I am going to start it(while it is already running) and hold it in that position...very tricky to do while driving!

Anyhoo, I changed the key cylinder for a new (copy)one which fixed it for a couple of months but now it just will not stay working.

Does anyone know if I need to replace a different worn part or are the copy ignition parts a wast of money and i should get another cylinder from a dealer??

Any advise would be good as it is due for it's test in 2 weeks so I've got to fix it.

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Old 02-27-2012, 02:37 PM   #2
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It's likely the actual ignition switch, and not the cylinder (as you already found out). I think mine was around 30 bucks, and honestly not hard to r&r.

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Old 02-27-2012, 03:00 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply QADaemon...
Is the ignition switch a whole component that I can remove and replace then?? I guess that r&r means remove and replace??

Thanks again...
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Just a thought, but maybe you guys can clear it up...I keep seeing
IGNITION SWITCH ACTUATOR PINS for sale and wondered if this is anything to do with the problem??
probably not as it seems to do with the engine not starting but worth asking...
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No, it is not the pin. The ignition SWITCH is the problem, not the key cylinder. It is the electrical portion behind the cylinder.
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Old 02-27-2012, 05:36 PM   #6
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No, it is not the pin. The ignition SWITCH is the problem, not the key cylinder. It is the electrical portion behind the cylinder.

OK, that sounds promising...is it something I can unplug and change myself or will it have to go to the shop to be done?
I have always done the work on my past 4x4's and Jeeps with suspension and mods but electrics I have no idea where to start...
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The switch is pretty simple to replace. The following video takes you through how to replace the actuator you referred to above, and in the process shows you how to get to the switch.


I'm not 100%, but am pretty sure you have to do most all of the steps to get the switch out, meaning the ignition cyl first. Hopefully someone more knowledgeable can set me straight otherwise.

You will need a T20 bit, and a T10 security bit (both cheap) to get it out.
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Thanks all,

I have ordered an ignition switch and will post if it fixes it for anyone else with the same issues.....
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Better late than never!!

The switch fixed it and is an easy fit (So long as the pin is lined up!)

Even changed back to the original ignition barrel so the key will fit the doors and all is now well

Thanks for your help...

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