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Old 05-28-2013, 03:16 PM   #1
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Two REALLY dumb questions

1. My doors don't have nuts on the bolts. Should they?

2. Is the key that's used for the door supposed to work on the center console? Mine does not and I'm wondering if it's user error.

I bought used in March and am very new to the Jeep world, so forgive my incredibly basic questions.

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Old 05-28-2013, 03:20 PM   #2
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1 they should have nuts but I never put mine back on cause I take the top and doors off all the time

2 the ignition key should open it, I have different doors on my jeep than original so my key doesn't work

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Old 05-28-2013, 03:21 PM   #3
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Ignition key works for everything.. I haven't had the nuts on my door pins for 9 years
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Old 05-28-2013, 03:29 PM   #4
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my console lock is fairly worn out so I have to mess with it to get it to lock. I have found it easiest to open the top, push up on the locking mechanism with my finger while locking it then turn the key to lock it, and then close it. Unlocking is easier but sometimes have to turn the key a little then pull up on it to unlock it. As far as the nuts go..... like most have said they are generally left off for ease of door removal later on.
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Old 05-28-2013, 03:55 PM   #5
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Maybe the PO replaced broken console and glove box doors but didn't switch the locks. Or maybe the ignition switch was changed?
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Old 05-28-2013, 03:56 PM   #6
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Same answer as the others for the nuts.
Your centre console might originally have come without a lock. It was an option.
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Old 05-28-2013, 04:51 PM   #7
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The past 3 tj's none of my keys worked the Center console
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Old 05-28-2013, 05:06 PM   #8
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Are you sure you have a stock center console? It should look like this:



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Old 05-28-2013, 05:35 PM   #9
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You guys... you're the best. And yes, my center console looks almost exactly like that, except black and a bit older. It's a bit worn so I'll try Big Sarge's idea.
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Old 05-28-2013, 08:11 PM   #10
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My stock center console can be opened, and locked, with a quarter. Kinda handy when you don't have your keys on you.
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Old 05-28-2013, 08:18 PM   #11
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I never lock my console or glove box. Just never anything in them so when they break in they don't rip them open and do more damage. Same with locking doors, why give them a reason to cut your roof or break a window. I even leave my jeep with the top down in the middle of NYC. People think your watching it from close by and will leave it alone when they can see there is nothing to steal.
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Agreed. I say "never leave anything in the Jeep, you don't want stolen."
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Old 05-28-2013, 10:34 PM   #13
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Many years ago, on our way to Gaspe' peninsula we stopped in Montreal to visit friends.. All of our gear was protected with plastic widows, soft top, and soft top on our trailer.. Didn't lock up a thing. We walked about two blocks.. My wife was very nervous, I told her not to worry, and sure enough, nothing was stolen. Not even any of the three jerry cans that were full of gasoline. I never lock up.. If they want it they'll get it anyway... Would I park our rig out of sight in an American city? Not in a million years...
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Old 05-29-2013, 01:23 AM   #14
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Thats a big reason I got a hard top. I mostly want to lock the center console just when the top is off and I go inside a gas station or something.
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Old 05-29-2013, 02:56 AM   #15
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1. My doors don't have nuts on the bolts. Should they?

Do you plan on frequently taking your doors off? If not, you can always add some nuts.


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2. Is the key that's used for the door supposed to work on the center console? Mine does not and I'm wondering if it's user error.

Yes, but the previous owner could have changed the console or the lock or the lock may be damaged.


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I bought used in March and am very new to the Jeep world, so forgive my incredibly basic questions.

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Thats a big reason I got a hard top. I mostly want to lock the center console just when the top is off and I go inside a gas station or something.

The OEM console can be popped open fairly easily. If you are looking for better security from the pass-by-thief, look into a Tuffy console.
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Old 05-29-2013, 05:22 PM   #16
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I bought a set of these nuts for my doors. I bought them more for their ease of use than their security. It's a lot easier popping these off with the included tool than it is scraping up the paint with a wrench.
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Thats a big reason I got a hard top. I mostly want to lock the center console just when the top is off and I go inside a gas station or something.
There is an aftermarket, lockable, metal safe (for lack of a better word) that bolts down underneath your seat. It's out of sight, so they'd have to know to look for it. If they DO find it, like I said, it's lockable.
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Old 05-30-2013, 02:59 PM   #18
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I've been considering getting the Jerry Can tool box and the Jerry can lockable mount and putting it in the back. It would solve both my lack of a tool box problem and a semi secure thing. I'm not exactly keeping diamonds in my jeep but I would like to be able to leave stuff in the jeep while I go inside for a cola with the top off.

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Old 05-30-2013, 03:08 PM   #19
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Get that console lock figured out Sir?
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Old 05-31-2013, 01:22 PM   #20
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yeah... Apparently just because the button pushes in doesn't mean you're supposed to push it in while you attempt to lock it.


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