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Old October 13th, 2019, 14:26
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Key stuck in ignition

I have a 94 XJ. The ignition lock cylinder will not rotate all the way back and release the key. The steering wheel will not lock when turned off. Any ideas, Solutions?
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Old October 13th, 2019, 15:45
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Re: Key stuck in ignition

A light tap on the key with a screwdriver handle while you turn often works.
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Old October 13th, 2019, 16:13
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Re: Key stuck in ignition

Is the steering wheel cranked hard one way? Try turning the steering wheel and the key at the same time.
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Old October 13th, 2019, 20:33
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Re: Key stuck in ignition

yes what pcp said.
Lean on the steering wheel left/right and slowly turn the key.
it should come out.
I would not recommend using hammers around keycylinders. spray pbblaster/wd40 down there and gently lean on it
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Old October 14th, 2019, 18:54
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Re: Key stuck in ignition

This happened to me. Give it a firm whack with something.
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Old October 14th, 2019, 20:39
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Re: Key stuck in ignition

Mine does this now and again, just give it's some thuds with your plan and it should move normally. Maybe you'll need something harder to give a sharper hit, but it shouldn't take too much.

You haven't mentioned the steering wheel being locked so I assume this isn't related to that scenario.
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Old October 24th, 2019, 22:38
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Re: Key stuck in ignition

The steering wheel will not lock. Tapping on it we're smacking it with a screwdriver or the palm of my hand does not seem to work.
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Old October 25th, 2019, 08:25
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Re: Key stuck in ignition

Sounds silly, but have you move the shiftier in & out of park? It has a cable that could be in a bind
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Re: Key stuck in ignition

did you get the key out?
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did you get the key out?
And if you did, replace the lock ASAP before it strands you in the middle of nowhere. Don't ask how I know.
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Old October 28th, 2019, 09:02
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Re: Key stuck in ignition

Had this on my '96 a few years ago. In my case, I couldn't turn off the engine!

The ignition lock pushrod that activates the ignition switch (near the lower base of the
top of the steering column) was the culprit.

Remove the steering column cowl, and (maybe) the instrument gauge pack. You'll see
part of the rod on top of the steering column, disappearing deep into the dash.

Be sure that nothing is interfering or fouling the rod. Then spray it liberally with silicone
lube (let the lube dribble down the rod, onto the ignition switch) while jiggling it with a
pair of needle nosed pliers, and also try working the ignition key On & Off a few times
until everything works its way loose.
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