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Old 08-14-2019, 08:11 PM
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04 TJ steering wheel lock

I have an 04 TJ sport 4.0 manual. When I remove the ignition key, the steering wheel does not lock. It occurred to me the other day with a manual trans and the fact that I most often don't have a top on it, someone could easily jump in an push it down the street.

Assuming that it should lock, can someone tell me what would "most likely" be broken/missing to cause the steering wheel to not lock? How hard is it to fix?

Before anyone asks:
  • Yes, I have a garage I can park it in, but its a pain to get to.
  • Yes, I have a steering wheel lock bar. ( The Club ) Again, it's a pain to use.
  • Yes, I know Jeeps are notoriously easy to steel in any case. Just trying to keep honest people honest...

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Old 08-15-2019, 03:58 AM   #2
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not sure but my 04 seems to turn over 1/2 a rotation b4 it'll lock sometimes. been workin on my front end and it seems like it 's open until i need to go just a tad further then it locks on me.

'04 X 6cyl., 42rle/231......w/Currectlync steering sys, Currie +1" MML, Daystar +1 BL, MetalCloak 3.5 SA-LT Rocksport kit, JB SS-SYE, Savvy shifter cable, T. Wood DS, Savvy GTS, raised front fenders w/GenRight alum hi-line inners, custom trans crossmember w/2" belly skid, JK rear D44 w/E locker, and 15" alloys w/35x12.5's ..... so far
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Old 08-15-2019, 04:14 AM   #3
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According to the manual, after you remove the key, you have to turn the steering wheel 1/2 rotation in either direction before it will lock.

It's on page 14 of the 2004 Wrangler Owners Manual. (I have the '04 downloaded, since a download version was never available from FCA for prior years).
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