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1989 Jeep Cherokee goes dead as soon as you release the ignition from the start position. Replaced the ignition switch that mounts to the steering column, but it's still doing the same thing. Any other advise?

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  • slbishop1013 Jul 20, 2009

    Thanks we'll give it a try.



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It woul have to be the ignition circuit from the switch to the coil & or the distributor so test these circuits for continuity with a tester or volt meter [ with the battery disconnected!!]]
Cheers rob.

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Replace the fuel filter and try then check to see if any troubles codes were stored on the onboard computer, bring it to Auto Zone if you can to have a free scan done, by aquiring the trouble code you will be able to narrow down the problem.

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I need to know how to take apart the steering column for a 1989 jeep Cherokee

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You can check to see if the engine is getting power with the key in the on position. If it isn't, you need a new one!

The alternator or coil positive contacts are good places to check for juice! You can use a test light and watch the light go on and off.

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Step 2 Remove the steering wheel by lifting off the center cover, disconnecting the horn wire and removing the retaining nut and washer. Make a mark on the steering wheel spline and the wheel itself so you can line it back up precisely. Pull the steering wheel straight back to remove from the shaft.
Step3 Take off windshield wiper and turn signal switches by pulling them off as you did the steering wheel and disconnect the wiring. Slide the spacer sleeve off of the steering column.
Step4 Unscrew the ignition switch mounting screws. Pull out the ignition switch. Disconnect the wiring connector from back of the ignition switch. Simply loosen the tabs and pull it out.
Step5 Insert your key into the ignition. Turn the ignition switch to the locked position. Depress the retaining pin with a small screwdriver and turn the key to the Off position to free the cylinder. Once it is free, turn the key to lock position and remove the key and key cylinder.
Step 6 Install your old key cylinder into the new ignition switch assembly. Make sure the contacts in the cylinder and assembly line up. Reattach wiring to ignition switch, slide it into place, screw in mounting screws and reassemble steering wheel and switches.


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