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Old 06-09-2011, 01:50 PM   #1
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Key is hard to turn

Wanted to see if anyone else has had this problem and what they did to fix it or if anyone has any ideas? Whenever we try to start the Jeep we usually have to wiggle and play with it a few times before it will actually turn in the ignition switch. Even the factory key does this as I thought maybe it was just a bad cut on the others. Any ideas are would be great! Thanks!

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Old 06-09-2011, 02:01 PM   #2
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The key could be worn out. I just recently had to get new house keys because my old ones wore out and I was locked out of the house. There was a small nipple in the middle of the key and over time it wore down to the point where it wouldn't push the pin far enough to disengauge the lock. Wiggling worked for a while then it just quit one day. A good lock smith should beable to make a new key for you or they have information for the pattern and key code and can make you a new key.

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Old 06-09-2011, 02:05 PM   #3
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Yea its just weird that it does it on the factory and new keys that were cut awhile ago. Unless the factory key, like you said, had already been worn down some and when the new keys were cut they were a little off because of it. Just don't want to waste the $ on a locksmith if it just needs a new ignition switch.
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Old 06-09-2011, 02:26 PM   #4
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Trying squirting a small amount of graphite in the switch, then turn it off and on a few times.
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Old 06-09-2011, 02:58 PM   #5
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Depends how your keys were cut. Two ways of doing it. One copies the old key, other uses the key code to make the cuts. First one will copy any fault in the original.
Also if the keys aren't put in exactly the same position when doing the first style cut, you may have the new one that the cuts are off, so they either go in too far or not far enough into the cylinder and don't make full contact with the tumblers.

Try the lube in the cylinder first, I like using a solvent based cleaner and flood the cylinder to remove the gunk inside it. Let it dry then lube it.

Could be too that like you think, the tumblers are worn down too in the cylinder. And even a new key isn't going to move em far enough.
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Will try the flush/lube method first. Hopefully that will fix the problem. If not, will probably just go with the new switch. Appreciate the help and info!
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Just call the dealer with your vin # and they will cut you a new one.
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Old 06-09-2011, 10:03 PM   #8
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The chances are pretty good that both your key and ignition are worn, it's 14 years old. Start with the key by code, if you still have trouble, you can get a new ignition cylinder made up with YOUR original key. This way the doors and ignition will still be the same. You can buy an uncoded cylinder from the dealer and have a locksmith in your area make it up for you. I've done this for lots of customers.
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You can always ask the dealer too, I know the GM shop I worked for coded the cylinders for free, if you bought the cylinder from them.
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The chances are pretty good that both your key and ignition are worn, it's 14 years old. Start with the key by code, if you still have trouble, you can get a new ignition cylinder made up with YOUR original key. This way the doors and ignition will still be the same. You can buy an uncoded cylinder from the dealer and have a locksmith in your area make it up for you. I've done this for lots of customers.
We haven't owned it long and the doors and ignition key is not the same. Has the ignition already been changed out?
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Sounds like it. Our 97 has one key for all.
So I guess if you need a cylinder you could go a couple of ways or more.
Get a new cylinder and match to your old ignition key, or have em match it to the door key which would be the same code as the ignition was.

The latter would save you having to carry around the extra key.

I ran into that with Chrysler vehicles before. They would only sell matched sets of locks.
Ignition/door/trunk, all coded, with keys. No if's and's or butts.

Most of mine were theft jobs we repaired, stinking insurance company would only pay for say the ignition cylinder to be replaced. Owners were stuck with either footing the bill to change the others, or just using two keys.

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