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Old 05-04-2012, 03:02 PM   #1
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Ignition key replacement question

My new to me 05 Rubicon has an issue in the ignition switch causing the airbag light to stay on and the a/c blower motor to not work. I found a similar post and the solution was to replace the ignition switch, which seems pretty simple. My question is since I have the key with the theft deterrent chip in it can I swap to a regular keyed system? I only got one key so now I want another key and it is $69. If I need to get a new ignition anyway would it be cheaper and easier to swap it? If so do I have to bypass something simple? If not then is there anything I need to know special to do the swap concerning the theft deterrent?

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Old 05-04-2012, 07:46 PM   #2
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Umm, if the switch is bad, why are you concerned with the key? The key goes with the ignition lock cylinder, not the switch. Two different animals.

The ignition switch is a separate part from the lock cylinder.

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Old 05-04-2012, 11:28 PM   #3
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Sorry I want to know mostly if I can swap the ignition lock cylinder to a non security key without causing issues.

I was not sure if the switch was different with the security key than with a standard key. And is there something else that has to be done to swap the key.

Hopefully that is more clear.
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You may be able too. You would probably have to stash your old key in the steering column, taped uder the cover or something so the computer thinks it still has the correct key
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Old 05-05-2012, 09:02 AM   #5
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Thanks That was what I was looking for. The chip goes through the computer to activate the ignition not the switch. The issue then would be to either bypass the sensor or keep the key near it which should not be too big of a deal.

I will do some research on bypassing the chip. Probably find it on carthief.com.
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