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Key not turning

On a 2000 jeep GC the key will not turn at all , the steering whell is not locked

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  • oldamergerma May 27, 2008

    tom , you only need to step on brake to put vehicle in gear, key will turn with out any help , dont know what the problem was but went out later and tried key it turned with no problem, could have been a tumbler stuck or a peice of dirt in ignition

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It is a major problem on all chry-jeep-dodge vech, you can tap the ing with the key in with a screwdriver handle and after a few hits it should turn, if you have it replaced ask for a ing switch without the sidebar, that is what causes the problem, any locksmith can key it back to your key, we cant keep them in stock it is such a problem, hope that gives everyone an idea, Thanks Rob

Posted on Feb 01, 2009

Worn tumbler. Firmly tap the end of the key with a hammer while you turn it. Don't smack your finger. Once the key turns drive directly to a lock smith and get your tumbler rebuilt.

Worked for me 12 miles out a dirt road in Baja.

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All sound great!!!! Also go to the autoparts store and buy some special grafite oil made for key holes. You will see the differents in the way your key will turn. The steering wheel is a major factor, like someone said, turn left to right while trying to turn the key.

Posted on Feb 04, 2009

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This is common on many cars, the pins in the steering column are not aligned, all you have to do is shake the steering wheel in either direction (left to right), this will free up the key so it turns.

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If your key doesn't turn at all u might have to change the ignition switch(ket hole) it happened to mine.

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You have to hold the brake pedal down to start it. the switch on the brake pedal could be bad or not contacting the brake linkage, causing an open connection

Posted on May 27, 2008

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    Thomas Christopher May 27, 2008

    sorry, but you could of explained it better. It looked like the car wouldnt start. BTW, My 2001 jeep cherokee sport will not start unless you step on the brake.

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