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1998 subaru forester ignition key is in lock position and will not turn

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SOURCE: 1998 Wranger Ignition Key Stuck / Steering Column Locked

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

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SOURCE: 1998 Subaru forester repair manual, Non-existent?

Yes, all the colour codes will be the same, plus 99.9% of the rest! Frankster016

Posted on Nov 24, 2008

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SOURCE: 2004 Santa Fe Ignition switch locked

I just had this happen to me yesterday with my 2002 Santa Fe. After trying everything (jiggling steeling wheel, shaking the car, you name it we tried it). We got a chain and pulled the car ahead about 2 feet. That didn't seem to do anything but we then pulled up the emergency brake into the lock position and tried to start the car (with the ER brake on) and it worked!!! The steering wheel came unlocked and the car started up. Don't know if it was the pulling of the car that broke something free or if it was the ER brake, but that was what worked for me.

Posted on Jan 12, 2009

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SOURCE: Where is th fuel pump relay on the 1998 subaru

thew fuel pump relay will be located in the power distribution box under the hood it is a square fuse like device either black or grey in color

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SOURCE: Removal of 1998 toyota cressida ignition key cylinder.

This car has drillable shear pin screws on the bottom of the lock yoke you must drill these out.
then release the clip to the cylinder. you must get a new set of break-off shear pin head screws from the dealer to finish the job.

Posted on May 19, 2009

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