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My 1999 jeep cherokee ignition starter switch is stuck on lock and i cant turn my key the steering wheel is locked and the front wheels are slightly turned what should i do

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if you're lucky it's just pressure on the steering lock if you put your key in and shake your steering wheel side to side whilst Turning the key

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SOURCE: steering wheel is locked on 2001 jeep grand cherokee laredo

try gently rocking wheel back an forth while wiggling the key

Posted on Dec 09, 2008

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When you parked the vehicle, are your front wheels pointing straight ahead or in a turn position. What has happened to me in the past, is the pressure the tires put on the steering wheel lock when in a turn position is greater than the pressure you can apply with one hand on the key.
What you may want to try is turn the wheel in the same direction, therefore relieving the pressure, and you should be able to turn the key. Hope that works for you. jpp

Posted on Jan 06, 2009

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SOURCE: 2000 jeep grand cherokee- ignition

I had the same problem today - January 30th 2009. what i did was spray some WD40 in the cylinder and sprayed the key with WD40, then inserted the key in the ignition, then "lightly" and i mean "lightly" tapped the end of the key with the end of a wrench (my brass hammer was not in reach) 3 or 4 times. removed the key and then inserted again - then "all was well. the ignition turned, car started, and i will now wait till the next time something goes wrong with the car...


Posted on Jan 30, 2009

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sounds like the key is either worn down to where the ridges in the key wont push the tumblers inside the key lock cylinder into their proper place to move the cylinder into the starting position. Or your steering colum is locked and the wheel is moving freely as if it were not. So your solution would be to either have an expert look at it (estimated cost: 200$ low/400$high) or you can attempt to fix it yourself.
should you choose the "I'll fix it myself" method....try getting a new key made at a hardware store since keys wearout over time (ie:10years of turning that old key), this may solve the problem right away if the ridges are just worn on the key. Or the hard way, you need to get a phillips screwdriver and some jewelers tools and an 8mm or 10mm wrench/rachet+socket to disconnect the battery, then underneath the steering colum just under the ignition is a hole in the colum shroud/cover, from there you can disconnect the ignition key lock cylinder (the thing you put your key into). once you've removed the cylinder from the steering colum you should test your key again to see if you can turn the cylinder outside of the colum if you cannot then buy a new ignition key lock cylinder for about 15$-30$...problems solved.

Posted on Nov 18, 2009

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i have had this problem before, fixed it once by spraying some (lubrication of your choice) into the key cylinder... then slide the key in and out several times and give it another go... if that doesn't work, make sure (sounds stupid but...) the car is in park, jiggle it a bit to make sure.... if that does not work there is several other things you can try...

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