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Ignition on 2001 XJ


 
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tekdif
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Joined: 03 Jun 2005
Location: Northern AZ

PostPosted: Fri Jun 03, 2005 9:13 pm    Post subject: Ignition on 2001 XJ Reply with quote

Our 2001 XJ has developed a problem where the key will not turn in the ignition sporadically. No rhyme or reason. Jiggling the key, tapping the cylinder, etc. frees it eventually so far. Graphite lube makes no difference. New key cut from code made no difference.

Dealer says new cylinder, around $500 to install and code to exiting keys. No can do! Locksmiths are useless. Have not found any used parts online. Anybody seen this problem? Is it broken or just sticky? What am I getting into taking it out myself and trying to clean it? I'm mechanical so no fears of working on it myself. Would just like to know what I'm in for messing with the column. Any ideas???

TIA for any help. Starting to get nervous.
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Foxx
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 04, 2005 8:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Speaking as a locksmith, I'd bet that a local one could probably replace that ignition for you for a lot less than 500 bucks.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 04, 2005 11:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Check it out. Took the dash apart and pulled the cylinder myself. Plug n play. No way $350 worth of labor. Found this kid with a mobile lock business met him in the parking lot and he fixed it in an hour for $40. One of five contacted that even acted like they could do it and he acted like it was a joke. Hispanic kid no more than 18 years old. He'll get all of my business from now on. Thanks all.
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