Question about Jeep Cherokee
I am on Kodiak Island (there are no Jeep dealers here) so I can't take the VIN # to a dealer. I need to get it moved and don't have $250 for the locksmith.I would like to pop the ignition without damaging the steering column.If possible.
The first problem is the key needs to be in the run position to get the lock cylinder retainer button to push in so the lock cylinder can be removed from the housing.
If the steering wheel is locked than the lock cylinder will need to be turned in order to unlock it.
If the steering wheel is not locked than you can drop the column and manually operate the ignition switch.
Posted on Nov 30, 2012
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
there is a small round spring clip on the 3/4'' steel shaft almost hiden by metal plate push down on plate with plate pushed down have a trusted friend carefully remove steel spring clip with a small scriber or similar careful not to poke friend with tool good luck with this project
Posted on Jun 30, 2008
I have had this same problem on 4 of my Jeeps. A locksmith provided me with two answers.
This key thing happens to me at least once a week.
It is a common problem with Jeeps. 1998 Wrangler, 2007 Cherokee and two 2000 Cherokees all had the issue.
1. Replace the tumbler assembly. $150. USD (Not!)
2. Place the key in the ignition, smartly impact the key on the **** end, end that is sticking out of the ignition. (Harder is not better) strike straight on as to not break the key off. 4 or 5 strikes should fix the problem every time.
FYI - flooding the switch with WD-40 will not fix the issue, it is a tumbler problem.
Posted on Dec 23, 2008
Parts are not cheap. I'm not sure how hard it is to get to your lines but line wrench/crows foot are probably needed. They are like a boxend wrench with cutout to go over line.
Posted on Dec 23, 2008
here are the instruction the first set are the instruction on how to remove the turn signal switch as you will need them to remove the ignition
Removal & Installataion of turn signal switch
Removal & Installation of ignition lock switch
Posted on Aug 20, 2009
If you intend to keep the vehicle long term, I would suggest you invest in a Haynes Manual, That is worth its weight in gold, for this and any other project..
Posted on Aug 29, 2009
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