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Old 05-30-2018, 05:32 PM
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Just got this GC yesterday. it's a 2000 WJ with 168K and in nice shape. Have been looking for one for a while.
Any how . . . Today I got in to start it and NOTHING! Panel lights all come on, Then the "NO KEY" light goes out, I turn key to start possition and nothing. No clicking, no engine turn at all. I have no history on the GC, bought from a used car lot. Then when I jiggle key in the start possition, it will turn over and start.
Is it a low battery in the key? Ignition switch? Anything else I can do to eliminate possibilities?
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Old 05-31-2018, 11:00 AM
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Just got this GC yesterday. it's a 2000 WJ with 168K and in nice shape. Have been looking for one for a while.
Any how . . . Today I got in to start it and NOTHING! Panel lights all come on, Then the "NO KEY" light goes out, I turn key to start possition and nothing. No clicking, no engine turn at all. I have no history on the GC, bought from a used car lot. Then when I jiggle key in the start possition, it will turn over and start.
Is it a low battery in the key? Ignition switch? Anything else I can do to eliminate possibilities?
Ignition switch.
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Old 06-01-2018, 07:48 AM
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Bought a new Ignition Lock Cylinder and it did not improve the situation. Performed the same as the original. NOW WHAT??!! Will look into starter motor stuff.
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Old 06-01-2018, 10:49 AM
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So... update! Apparently it was the Ignition Lock Cylinder. (Key thing-a-ma-jigger) . . . took it out, removed all the tumblers and polished with 400 grit wet/dry, cleaned with brake cleaner lubed, and put it back in. BAM! Fired off first and all subsequent times. WHEW.
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MY LUCK! Not a fix! Doing it still, but this time as I had the key in the start position I hit the tilt release, the steering wheel dropped, and it started! Get that .. . . key all the way over in start position . . . release the steering wheel tilt handle . . . the wheel came down to it's lowest position . . . and it started!!!!

I don't need a mechanic . . . I need a PRIEST!!!
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How bout the Ignition switch Actuator Pin gone bad?
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How about the SWITCH?
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Ignition switch.
Not the lock cylinder. The ignition switch.
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