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Godd afternoon, I have a 1994 Jeep Cherokee,the key will not turn to start the vehicle,it turns enough to unlock steering wheel,but that is it.

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  • richdecker65 Jan 17, 2009

    Thanks for the suggestion,I have a locksmith replacing the cylinder as we speak......................

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The ignition key tumbler is worn out,,,this is a real common problem with these vehicles, quick answer you need to have the ignition lock tumbler replaced.

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