replace fuses or is this more serious?

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  1. Erin C

    Erin C Stunt Coordinator

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    When I start my Jeep up I usually have to jiggle the key to get the radio,a/c,wipers and turn signal to come on/work.
    Now I can't get them to work at all anymore. Does this sound like a short somewhere around the ignition or could it be the fuses?

    Thanks for any info!
     
  2. CRyan

    CRyan Screenwriter

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    Nah. You have a loose connection at the ignition switch. Many cars use a harness connection right at the column (under the plastic cover in most cases). A friend had the same exact problem in a Windstar van. One of the clips holding the harness together had broken and one side was slipping out. All I had to do was tape the two sides tight. Easy. You may have some corrosion or simply one wire loose in there.

    C. Ryan
     
  3. Erin C

    Erin C Stunt Coordinator

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    Hmmm interesting! I have no idea how to get into the column though. I took the dash apart earlier today and I couldn't figure it out.
     
  4. Patrick_L

    Patrick_L Second Unit

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    time to purchase a mechanic book from Chilton or the like. no male (or female for that matter) should be without one. get to know your vehicle.
     
  5. Philip_T

    Philip_T Supporting Actor

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    Depending on the year of the jeep, you may need a steering wheel puller to get into the column.
     
  6. Erin C

    Erin C Stunt Coordinator

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    puller?
     
  7. Erin C

    Erin C Stunt Coordinator

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    its a 94 cherokee if that helps
     
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    Sorry most of this repair stuff is over my head Patrick
     
  10. Patrick_L

    Patrick_L Second Unit

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    np, it's over mine too. i wasn't sure what he was talking about. so, 23 seconds of googling got me that link. i'm far from being a shadetree mechanic. i think the biggest thing i've ever done to one of my cars was replace the water pump. that was...oh...13 years ago or so. =P

    seriously, get yourself one of these .
     
  11. Philip_T

    Philip_T Supporting Actor

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    Erin, puller may not work for that year. ESPECIALLY if you have an air bag. Don't tamper with the air bag or it could be fatal. [​IMG]
    I would do what Patrick recommends and get one of those books.
     
  12. Erin C

    Erin C Stunt Coordinator

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    No airbag fortunately! [​IMG]
     
  13. Philip_G

    Philip_G Producer

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    you can borrow a puller from autozone for free.

    My guess is the ignition switch is going bad, do you have a heavy keyring or a lot of keys with your jeep key by chance? Check out a few jeep forums and ask them, I'm sure it's not an uncommon problem and they've probably seen it before. If it was working when you wiggle the key around I wouldn't bother with the harness behind the switch, it's probably something in the ignition not connecting.


    Airbags aren't a big deal guys. They don't blow all by themselves. A little caution is all you need.
     
  14. Philip_T

    Philip_T Supporting Actor

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    Like you said, not if your careful, but I didn't want Erin to start pulling out the airbag based on my suggestion on the off-chance something went wrong. Just CMA.

    It does sound like you have a problem with the ignition switch. Erin, do you have a single sided key, or double sided? IIRC, if you have a single sided key, you can get the switch out only by pulling the steering wheel. If its a doulbe-sided key, there should be a small hole in the bottom of the column that you can slide a small poking tool through, find the retaining pin, turn the ignition past off, push the pin in, and the lock should slide out. But its been awhile since I did that for a living, so I would still consult the book, or possibly just hire a locksmith. Good luck.
     
  15. Erin C

    Erin C Stunt Coordinator

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    I'm buying a manual nothing has worked yet.
     

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