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Old 09-24-2008, 10:56 PM   #1
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please tell me this is normal

so lately when i go to start my jeep the key doesnt want to turn i have to jiggle it for a little bit. the steering wheel is not locked. has this happened to any of you??

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Old 09-24-2008, 11:05 PM   #2
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had a problem similar to that in an old work truck, but i wasn't payin for it so i just beat the shit out of it till it turned i dunno wat to tell u bout it in a jeep though, im sure someone will chime in


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Old 09-25-2008, 01:07 AM   #3
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usually worn out key. If you have a spare check it out if it works better, if it does, then use that to start the jeep, take it to the store and get a copy made of the working key. problem solved.

If not then you will need a custom key made. What i did was i had the guys make me a key at ace hardware, instead of them putting it flush against the wall, they put a tiny spacer in there so the key was upwards a tiny bit so the machine made one higher which worked perfectly. (not my jeep, for another vehicle)
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Old 09-25-2008, 08:40 AM   #4
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You can also take your vin and/or the jeep to the dealer, order a new cylinder according to the vin and I *think* it comes with two new keys which means you won't have to rekey your other locks. Then remove the lock from the column, remove the cylinder, put the new cylinder in and put it back together. You might even be able to get the assembly so you don't have to do the cylinder change.
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Old 09-25-2008, 02:34 PM   #5
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Same thing happens with my Subaru, sometimes if you just give it a little love, or turn it just the right way it's fine. The Subie had been in the autobody shop for a month, and when I picked it up the key just wouldn't turn. I jiggled it, and lifted it just a tad and it worked. Now that I've been driving it everyday again, I know the right "feel" to get it to turn.
Hope this helps!
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Old 09-25-2008, 08:56 PM   #6
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Try a little lubrication in the keyhole
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Old 09-27-2008, 07:12 PM   #7
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if you stick with it eventually you won't even need a key to start it, it's like a reward for all the aggrivation you went through
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Old 09-27-2008, 09:41 PM   #8
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key problem

not only make a couple of copies from a good spare but get some liquid graphit and spray it in the key slot.

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Old 09-28-2008, 11:36 AM   #9
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What happened to my y2k jeep was one of the tumblers stuck and would let the key insert all the way. I had to "force" the key into the ignition by smacking it with my hand. After that, I lubbed it up and it's been fine since (4 months now).

From what I've read, it's equally likely to be the switch as the key. Key being the inexpensive thing to try first if the lube doesn't work out.

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