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  • Has anyone had to replace Ignition switch?

    The other morning I jumped in the tj and turned the key. Nothing happened. The battery is fully charged. Lights come on bright but when turning the key, nothing happens. I replaced the neutral switch on the transmission and still nothing. Checked all fuses and relays. The service manual says it could be the igition switch. I was just wondering if this is something that happens much. Before I buy a switch and put it in, I'd like to know if other people have been through this. Jeep is a 2001 TJ 4.0 and auto tranny.

    Thanks for any ideas.

    I've been starting the jeep by crossing the solenoid on the starter. I'm in no hurry to give my money away if I can figure this one out. Of course it breaks down when the snow is the deepest.

  • #2
    The switch is located on the lower part of the steering column, and is activated by a rod that comes down from the key tumbler. You may be able to see or feel the rod under the dash, and push/pull it to see if its the switch thats bad, or the linkage from the key to the switch.

    Tilt steering columns are good for doing this, sometimes tilting the wheel straight, or in a different positon, well let te key actiate the switch like it should. Just something to check, as the rod is moving enough to get theswitch into 'run' position, but may not be moving enough to get into the 'crank' position. HB

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    • #3
      Found the problem

      It turned out to be my "Ignition Lock Cylinder Housing". The opposite side of the key has a retangular piece of pot metal that turns the actual ignition switch. The pot metal broke and would not turn the switch enough to get to the start position. Strange!!

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      • #4
        Never heard of/seen that before. At least you found out the problem!

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        • #5
          Just a month ago the dealer replaced mine in my 02 and said it was free cause it was on a recall list not sure what for tho

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          • #6
            Well that's typical for my luck. It's just the little retangular piece of pot metal that goes from one left side of the column to the right side where the key turns it. The retangular piece broke. What a waste.

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            • #7
              Now for the bad news. Had the same thing happen to me. 02 wrangler, auto w/ tilt. That piece of pot metal, can not be purchased. I had to buy the complete steering column frm the "stealership". Couldn't beg, borrow or steal the part. Bought the column took the piece out and put it in the column in the jeep. Just a corkscrew looking piece with a bar going down the middle of it. Turn the key, it turns the piece that broke, which engages the ignition switch. Mine happened last year and I was told I was out of warranty. Hope you have better luck.

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              • #8
                Found a used column from a Jeep salvage yard for $35.00. I was surprised how cheap.

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