Tip & How-To about 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Ignition Key Stuck On Your 2000 Grande Cherokee? Check This Before a Costly Repair

When the key wouldn't come out of the ignition on our 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee, we thought we'd be making an expensive run to the auto repair shop. We'd had that problem before about ten years ago and had the lock changed (at least I THINK they changed it) so we weren't pleased about having to do it again.

As luck would have it, it was after business hours for most auto shops, and the one I called suggested I call a locksmith. Lucky for us.

As I jiggled the gear shift, wondering whether it had fully engaged in park, I happened to notice a piece of rubber protruding from the front of the shift knob, where the release mechanism is. I pulled on it until it came off, revealing the metal button underneath.

At which point the ignition lock became unstuck, and I was able to fully switch it off and remove the key.

As best I can determine, the rubber piece was just decor, a rubber cover, fitted over the metal release mechanism on the knob (see picture of the kind of gear shift knob I have...Mopar, OEM). Only it had shifted from its intended position and was preventing the lever from fully engaging in park, thereby preventing the removal of the key.

I shudder to think of what this would've cost us in the shop.

Posted by on

2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee Logo

Related Topics:

Related Questions:

1 Answer

key will not turn ignition


both factory keys,. and all keys work in all doors but 1 not ignition?
never own just 1 key. ever.
wiggle the stirring wheel, like the oper guide tells you (lost that?)
never run 10 keys on a ring, 2 max. or 1.
or risk very expensive lock repairs (ign) or like you have now.
and the newer the car , the more $$$$$
are you on flat ground?
are your wheels hitting a curb>? (steering lock takes extra effort)

be lucky you dont have a 2008
mine locks the key if the IMMO , has a cow (gets mad or goes PARANIOID, i hate it with a passion, end rant, sorry)

rule 3?
NEVER RUN YOUR MASTER KEY every day
only the spare. so you can make perfect spares for life of car. or ???
max pain.....happens



Feb 14, 2014 | 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee

1 Answer

Have a 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee Larado with a blown head gasket. The problem is we have lost the key and no garage will fix the head without a key and the dealership can't program a new key withou


First I would check with a different dealership. you will be required to provide only the VIN and probably some verification that you own the car, but the dealership can make a key and program it without the car even being there. I hope this helps.

Oct 05, 2012 | 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee

1 Answer

1993 grand cherokee loredo----no spark no fuel--changed crank sensor, unplugged cam sensor-did all the dumb stuff--something is killing my fuel and spark....there is no diagnostics plug in it---did the key trick and got a code for the bat being disconnected in last 55 try's? check engine comes on the bulb check but only sometime...no security system--check power to coil, hear the relay snap, test light lights then goes out...about every other time. No power to fuel pump. relays all good....confused as hell....ran great shut it off and nothing, but it will crank all day...am i overlooking something stupid? started out the thing wouldn't crank, trans switch, ok good for one ride now no fire or fuel...anything, anything? thank you Josh


If your jeep's check engine light is sporadic and comes on only once in a while, your ecu is most likely in need of repair. The ecu has to send power to the relays for the fuel pump and ignition systems or the jeep will not start. It also has to pulse the injectors and will not if the check engine light does not show up on the dash, before trying to crank. Try leaving the ignition switch in the run position, for a while, to see if the check engine light does eventually come on. If it lights up, then it's definitely the ecu in need of repair.

Sep 13, 2011 | 1993 Jeep Grand Cherokee

2 Answers

Front drive shaft on Jeep Grand Cherokee


yes but make sure you don't in gauge the front axle

May 19, 2010 | 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Not finding what you are looking for?

455 people viewed this tip

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Jeep Experts

yadayada
yadayada

Level 3 Expert

75817 Answers

Colin Stickland
Colin Stickland

Level 3 Expert

22156 Answers

Kevin Daniels

Level 3 Expert

1455 Answers

Are you a Jeep Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Loading...