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benkashold 06-17-2011 07:47 PM

hard to turn key
my grand father recently gave me a 89 jeep wrangler 6 cylinder 4.2 l after he did some major restoration work to it. anyway like the day after he gave it to me i tried to start it and the key turns into the start position the seat belt and break lights come on and what not but to get the engine to turn over i really have to force it first i told him it wouldn't start and he said just putt some muscle into it and i did and it started over the past few days it has gotten harder and harder to turn the key to the start position when i asked him he just blows it off like that's just how it is but its gotten to the point where my fingers have blisters.he did say there's a way to adjust it but wouldn't give any advice on how to do it. so guys is there any way for me to fix this without putting lots of money into it.

carlyj 06-17-2011 07:50 PM

if you have a pair of clippers try putting some of that machine oil into the key hole and round the outer shaft and let it sit for a minute.

RLaFitte 06-17-2011 07:53 PM

If it's a new key and the edges are sharp, it just needs to be buffed a bit by a key maker. Or you could do it yourself, but don't alter any of the shape. Buffing it makes it like an older key and it fits easier into the ignition. At least that's what my locksmith told me.

benkashold 06-17-2011 07:58 PM

if this helps its easy to turn up to the point were the engine would start to roll over but once it gets there its just crazy hard to turn

bc3_Jeep 06-17-2011 08:24 PM

Spray a bunch of WD40 INTO the key hole..... let sit for a minute or two andf see if that does not loosen it up...... Had IDENTICAL issue with my 89 YJ and that is how the locksmith cured mine.....

benkashold 06-21-2011 01:34 AM

thanks guys i sprayed some wd 40 in the key hole starts up way easier now it dont take forever to start when i stall

rddsnurse 06-21-2011 09:45 AM

I was told to use graphite for the Keys and locks. one it is dry and two it is slippery as all get out.

kik 06-21-2011 10:19 AM


Originally Posted by benkashold (Post 1320344)
thanks guys i sprayed some wd 40 in the key hole starts up way easier now it dont take forever to start when i stall

I had to do that to my 89. After the wd-40 I used graphite. It was fine for about 6 months and then I had to have the cylinder replaced. Had a mobile locksmith do it. He took off the steering wheel and replaced the cylinder in about 5 minutes. Now it's fine.

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