My ignition key will not unlock the tailgate on my TJ that I bought this past weekend, the key will lock and unlock the glovebox though. I guess I'm going to try to remove the lock cylinder and have it re-keyed to match ignition key. Anyone have any tips on removing this cylinder, I haven't had time in the afternoons to really look it over. My TJ is a 97 model, did it originally come with 2 different keys?
02-16-2012 07:58 PM
my 99 and 03 have only one key. somebody replaced the tailgate at some point.
02-16-2012 08:26 PM
My 97 one key works for everything except the center console( I pulled it out of a junked TJ)
02-16-2012 08:38 PM
mine works everything but the driver door (pretty worthless!)...the rear lock is easy to get to behind that cover..a little cleaning and oiling maybe. The lock mech is a rod that might be getting hung up.
02-16-2012 08:49 PM
I'm gonna pull that cover off the inside of back gate this weekend and see if I can get things opened up, I don't believe any latch mechanism is stuck though. Think the tumblers in that lock cylinder are going to have to be swapped out to match my ignition key.
02-16-2012 09:32 PM
Try some PB Blaster first ,the locks get a lot of crud in them especially here in the salt belt. I have freed some stubborn locks with that stuff .