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dirt dawber 02-16-2012 06:49 PM

TJ tailgate and key
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?

6InARowMakesItGo 02-16-2012 06:58 PM

my 99 and 03 have only one key. somebody replaced the tailgate at some point.

Daswrangler 02-16-2012 07:26 PM

My 97 one key works for everything except the center console( I pulled it out of a junked TJ)

Kevbz 02-16-2012 07:38 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.

dirt dawber 02-16-2012 07:49 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.

hardcoretj 02-16-2012 08:32 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 .

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