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Old 02-04-2013, 01:06 PM   #1
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Noob Introduction (and a question)

Hey there everybody! I just recently got myself a 98 TJ in the great state of Colorado and couldn't be more excited. As far back as I can remember I've always wanted a Wrangler and now that it's happened I'm like a kid in a candy shop. Coming from a VW Golf (great cars, don't knock em till you try em) that I ended up totaling on, for lack of a better word, a jeep trail I just feel like the world is my oyster.

Now that the basic intro is done the question. I've noticed some people talking about their keys coming out of the ignition when it's still on, and while yes mine does this and I agree it's kind of a nice feature I also noticed that now I can also simply start it with anything. Personally I like the security so what's the best way to go about replacing the lock core or key switch or whatever the problem is.

Yes the jugs are coming off and what not, but here she is. Can't wait to see how it changes. I'm also stoked to be part of the community.
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Old 02-04-2013, 01:12 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forum. Your ignition most likely is broken but I am not a pro on fixing the problem but I think you can remove the switch and replace it. Others will chime in with more information on this remedy.

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Old 02-04-2013, 01:14 PM   #3
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Welcome neighbor, good to see you here!! Hopefully you will get an answer to your question soon.

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Old 02-04-2013, 01:47 PM   #4
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welcome to the forum and that is a beautiful Jeep. since its white, it will look more beautiful when it gets dirty
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Welcome. Nice jeep and a great state you live in to go wheelin'.
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Old 02-04-2013, 02:25 PM   #6
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Old 02-04-2013, 02:27 PM   #7
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I have a similar issue with my jeep, but only when I use my 'worn'/used key. If I use my spare key, which is much less worn it can not be pulled out. I'm sorry I don't have an answer for you, just my experience with mine. Just get a kill switch alarm. That way joe blow can't steal Ur jeep, only someone with knowledge! ;-)
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Old 02-04-2013, 02:29 PM   #8
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The tumbler needs replaced. This will involve taking the steering wheel off and digging down into the steering column. You will meed some very small torque bits and a steering wheel puller. Not a really hard job, but you must be very careful as everything must go together exactly. Take lots of pictures as you take stuff apart. Get the new tumbler keyed at a local keysmith shop so you do not have a different key for the doors as the ignition. If you do not want to replace it you can put in a switch to start the Jeep.
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Old 02-04-2013, 02:38 PM   #9
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What he said and you need one of these if you just want a new key and lock that doesn't match the doors.
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Old 02-04-2013, 03:18 PM   #10
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Hey there everybody! I just recently got myself a 98 TJ in the great state of Colorado and couldn't be more excited. As far back as I can remember I've always wanted a Wrangler and now that it's happened I'm like a kid in a candy shop. Coming from a VW Golf (great cars, don't knock em till you try em) that I ended up totaling on, for lack of a better word, a jeep trail I just feel like the world is my oyster.

Now that the basic intro is done the question. I've noticed some people talking about their keys coming out of the ignition when it's still on, and while yes mine does this and I agree it's kind of a nice feature I also noticed that now I can also simply start it with anything. Personally I like the security so what's the best way to go about replacing the lock core or key switch or whatever the problem is.

Yes the jugs are coming off and what not, but here she is. Can't wait to see how it changes. I'm also stoked to be part of the community.
My '83 hatchback would do that with the keys. You could start it with a flathead screw driver.

I would recommend getting that fixed though, if you want to cruise around with the top off and leave it parked somewhere unattended. For security reasons. Or get an alarm installed on it, or something.
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Old 02-05-2013, 12:37 AM   #11
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Thanks everybody. Looks like it wouldn't be super expensive then. Sounds good to me. Any body by chance know what it might cost through a mechanic? Dealership I bought from is paying for some minor repair work as is....
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Thanks everybody. Looks like it wouldn't be super expensive then. Sounds good to me. Any body by chance know what it might cost through a mechanic? Dealership I bought from is paying for some minor repair work as is....
Well did you mention it to them? I suppose they have a 30-day warranty?

As some others have said, you can replace the ignition, but if you're going to have it done by a dealer have the 3 door barrels done as well. There's no reason why the keys shouldn't do all 3 doors and the ignition coming from a dealer.

Not that it would be a huge issue for me, having had a 90's GMC which that problem appeared to be a standard option, but I wouldn't hesitate for a second to have a dealer replace it.

If they won't, just take your time and do it yourself. Extremely easy. You can even rent the puller people are talking about at any parts store if you dont have one.
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I haven't talked to the dealer about it just yet but the shop said they could it complete with cutting fresh keys and matching the ignition tumbler to that key, sure would alleviate the problem.

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