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My husband drove our 2006 Unlimited Rubi to work tonight. When he parked, he shut the engine off and attempted to remove the key. It seems to be jammed. It can't be turned in either direction. It did not release enough to be able to turn the engine over again. It's locked into place. Any idea as to what the problem may be? If he can't get the key out when his shift is over, we have to get it towed. Hoping to avoid that, but even if we can't, it would be good to know what $ will be required to fix it.

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Try to turn the steering wheel left and right while trying to remove the key, sounds like the steering lock has it in a bind
 

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I've relayed the message. Thank you! I think I'll hold off on calling the tow truck until he has the chance to tackle it again. Good thing he works at a casino with a security officer on bike, patroling the parking lots and video surveillance constantly watching the lots like hawks. Means no one's gonna get near our topless LJ with a key sitting in the ignition all night long...

Anyone else have different ideas? Wouldn't mind compiling a list for the hubby to try in a couple of hours.
 

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The ignition locks on all Chrysler vehicles including Jeeps are prone to these problems. The cause is allowing a heavy keychain to dangle and swing from the lock. Reduce your keychain weight to prevent this from happening again.
 

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Topless LJ with the keys in it, you say... What casino does he work at? Auto or 6spd? What color? Miles? These are all very important questions to resolve the issue!
 

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Topless LJ with the keys in it, you say... What casino does he work at? Auto or 6spd? What color? Miles? These are all very important questions to resolve the issue!
:bottom: :rofl:
 

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KaiserJeep said:
The ignition locks on all Chrysler vehicles including Jeeps are prone to these problems. The cause is allowing a heavy keychain to dangle and swing from the lock. Reduce your keychain weight to prevent this from happening again.
Hmm. We just have one key ring with one small house key, one tiny mailbox key, the Jeep key and a Res-Q Me thingy, which is very light plastic. Do you think the Res-Q Me would cause the issue simply by swinging back and forth, even though it is so light?
 

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C.L. said:
Topless LJ with the keys in it, you say... What casino does he work at? Auto or 6spd? What color? Miles? These are all very important questions to resolve the issue!
It's Gecko green. Manual. 130k miles. He works at the casino in Tampa. Dude, if you could stop by and try to get it working, that would be so nice!! :rofl:
 

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Jacqui said:
Hmm. We just have one key ring with one small house key, one tiny mailbox key, the Jeep key and a Res-Q Me thingy, which is very light plastic. Do you think the Res-Q Me would cause the issue simply by swinging back and forth, even though it is so light?
That's not too much
 

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Thanks for posting, folks. Hubby apparently was on break and just got the key out. Hooray! :)
 

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If it ever happens again. Might want to try and push the Auto Transmission shifter lever forward. It sometimes doesn't unlock all the way on my 04 and it just takes a push forward after being in Park to get it to release.
 

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happened to me too. take the bottom cover off under the steering wheel kinda the bottom part of the dash. u'll see a black cable coming up from the firewall and snapping into the bottom part of the key cylinder. make sure it is in all the way. if its not it will not let the cylinder rotate. all i had to do is snap it back in and the key and cylinder worked fine. good luck
 
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