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03-23-2011 06:54 PM
scottunzicker
'99 Ignition issues

Howdy all - I've a TJ ('99) with the 2.5L I4 with which I'm having ignition issues.

Here's what's happening: I stick the key in (it's always been finicky), turn it to the on position, and I get the usual *beep beep beep* noises. I note, however, that the instrument cluster does NOT come alive (I think it used to?). When I turn the key all the way forward to the start position, nothing happens. No clicks whatsoever, no instrument panel, no lights, no beeps, nothing.

Here's what I've tried: First, the battery is testing about 12.9 volts on my multimeter (that should be fine). I had a new key made, tested it, same results. I removed the key lock cylinder, and cleaned it out pretty well (it was nasty). It seems to function mechanically just fine. Then, I removed the ignition switch (had to go hunt down a torx set. What fun). I disassembled the ignition switch, and Deoxd the daylights out of it, including, but not limited to, the spring-loaded "points," the traces, and as much of the stuff under the green/white plastic covering as I could get to (I could only get 2 of the 3 torx screws off of it, so I did the best I could). I also Deoxd the two wiring harnesses that plugged into the ignition switch. I reassembled everything, making sure the position of the ignition switch lined up with the shafts coming out of the key lock cylinder, tested it, and the exact same thing happened.

I could really use your help with this. It's my only vehicle, and I've got stuff to do tomorrow!

Thanks in advance!!

Scott

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