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jonbugh 02-12-2008 10:22 PM

Car Keys aren't needed to start our Wrangler!!!
 
Need some help here... our 1998 Wrangler can be started with anything. You can stick a penny in the key slot and start her up. I first noticed this when I was able to remove the keys while driving. I'm assuming the ignition switch is just messed up. Am I going to have to completely re-key the Jeep if I swap the switch out?

Thanks!

Smeghead 02-12-2008 10:30 PM

Give me your name and address ill come look at it for you :D

bpowa 02-12-2008 10:55 PM

need a new tumbler/ignition switch.

Dare2BSquare 02-12-2008 11:13 PM

Well, if ya hadn't gone and told everybody in the world, who would have known? You just wouldn't have to worry about losing your keys anymore.

You will get a new key with the ignition switch. Just keep the old one for the doors, ect.

BTW... Welcome to our little forum... the Holiday Inn Express for jeeps. :rolleyes:

compshooter 02-12-2008 11:18 PM

As bpowa said, just need a new ignition tumbler. However, you will need to rekey if you want to have one key for everything. Or just do as most of us on the board do, don't bother locking your Jeep.

jeeperman 02-13-2008 07:01 AM

I don't know what the cost would be, but you should be able to go to the stealership and get an ignition tumbler that will match the rest of your locks. That way, you won't have to carry 2 keys if you lock your rig or your glovebox, etc.

Vector6 02-13-2008 07:05 AM

i wouldnt sweat it, a car thief will just knock out the ignition first anyway...

nregas1 02-13-2008 07:58 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Vector6 (Post 193278)
i wouldnt sweat it, a car thief will just knock out the ignition first anyway...

excellent point. for this to be an issue, a stolen jeep would have to be perpetrated by somebody that already knows the status of your ign. cylinder. otherwise, an auto thief will jump in and proceed through their normal routine of defeating the column/cylinder. I would just consider this new discovery as a luxury feature you just realized you had...sort of like push button start:D

jonbugh 02-13-2008 08:02 AM

Thanks guys! I'm not overly concerned about it because, like you said, all a thief that really wanted in has to do is just unzip the window and there they are. I'll see what the Jeep dealership says today!

Thanks again!

lost 02-13-2008 08:07 AM

not mine. sentry key (sp?):D

jonbugh 02-13-2008 11:02 AM

The stealership wants $136 for the part. They charge $17 to re-key, so the actual part is around $120. Isn't that just a tad bit high??? I replaced the ignition switch in one of my older Mustangs a couple of years ago and I was thinking the part was only about 20-25 dollars?

Thanks!

dwdrums801 02-13-2008 12:48 PM

I just replaced mine it cost me about 50-56 bucks each part (tumbler and ignition switch)

solo97tj 02-13-2008 03:36 PM

haha yeah caravans do this all the time my buddies blazer did this her would be driving down the road and we would pull the keys out of the ing!!@ ha ha lol

rebelBullDawg325 02-13-2008 05:05 PM

are you sure you're locking the ignition when you take the key out? i wasnt used to having to do this when i first got my jeep. and i thought for a while that mine was the same way. but once i started locking the ignition when taking the key out, it made it so they actual key was all that could start it.

jonbugh 02-13-2008 05:25 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by rebelBullDawg325 (Post 193436)
are you sure you're locking the ignition when you take the key out? i wasnt used to having to do this when i first got my jeep. and i thought for a while that mine was the same way. but once i started locking the ignition when taking the key out, it made it so they actual key was all that could start it.

What do you mean by locking the ignition?

Triple88a 02-13-2008 10:23 PM

good question ^. If you cant figure it out, how about a hidden start button?

rebelBullDawg325 02-14-2008 05:43 PM

theres like this little thingy on the steering column you have to push down and will let you turn the key back towards you a little more before you pull the key out. this "locks" the ignition so you have to have the key in before you can start it again. it took mme about a month to figure it out on mine

jonbugh 02-15-2008 08:36 AM

I actually found that on the console last night and was playing with it, but it doesn't seem to do anything on mine. Lovely!

rebelBullDawg325 02-15-2008 04:24 PM

hmm. did you press it down while turning your key backwards? if that didnt do anything i suppose that there is something broke that needs fixin

jonbugh 02-15-2008 09:42 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by rebelBullDawg325 (Post 194253)
hmm. did you press it down while turning your key backwards? if that didnt do anything i suppose that there is something broke that needs fixin

Ha ha, I'll add that to the long list of other broken things that need to be fixed :)

rebelBullDawg325 02-16-2008 04:27 PM

lol, i know the feelin well


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