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Old 08-08-2017, 02:37 PM
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Wrong Key- stuck in ignition

So in all my brilliance, I accidentially put my husbands brand new JKU key into my JKU's ignition and now it is stuck! It is at the point where the door is aware there is a key but it wont come all the way back to the position where I can remove the key. I can turn my wheel, and even turn the key forward but obviously the engine wont fire. I have pushed/pulled/twisted every which way and it will not budge. Its a manual trans and I have tried in neutral and the other gears. Any other (non sarcastic ) ideas out there?

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Do you have remote start? Grab YOUR keys and start the Jeep. Might be able to use it to alter the conditions you have at this point. Not sure what else to suggest....

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Pushing in on the key releases the catch..

If you take the plastic shroud off of the bottom of the column, you can access the ignition. You will see a pin that can be pushed in, it will release the cylinder (as long as you can get it into the accessory position) then you can get the key out.
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I have no suggestion for getting the stuck key out, but I would look into this as your next mod.


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You may have crushed a wafer in the lock by turning the key/ignition with the wrong key.
Extracting the key may be the least of your worries at this point. If you get the wrong key out now, the correct key may not work with the bent/damaged wafers.

I quit doing auto locks as a locksmith years ago but we used to run across this situation on occasion. IF the key will turn to the ON position then remove the plastic shroud from around the column. May need some special tools like star screwdrivers.

Using a High Security Star bit remove the retainer screw from the ignition housing cylinder, and pull the battery cables off the battery.

Turn the key to the ON position and then remove the remaining screws in the ignition switch. It all may have to be removed as a group. You're most likely going to need a new cylinder and wafers for a replacement once you get the key out.

Honestly, as you can see, this is a job for a professional.
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Agree the time for a professional, likely a dealer will remove the entire assembly and replace, thought I have heard everything until now.
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Agree the time for a professional, likely a dealer will remove the entire assembly and replace, thought I have heard everything until now.
Chevys/GMCs had this problem too not just Chrysler. Both single and double sided cut keys. Even if the locksmith can get the key out the wafers are usually mangled and won't work with the proper key. PIA job but profitable.
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Maybe stupid question, but is YOUR Jeep a manual as well? In TJ world, the manuals have a little button behind the key cylinder you have to push to release the key. Not sure the autos have it, so you wouldn't be looking for it.
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Maybe stupid question, but is YOUR Jeep a manual as well? In TJ world, the manuals have a little button behind the key cylinder you have to push to release the key. Not sure the autos have it, so you wouldn't be looking for it.
No button on the JKUs The different broaching in the keyway is what grabs the incorrect broaching on the key. Sometimes a light squirt of oil helps if the ignition is in the Locked position.

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