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I have a 97 Grand Cherokee. I left somthing at my house so i headed back. When i came back out, i tried to start it, and the key wouldnt turn. I checked, to see that it was in park. The steering wheel was not locked yet. Turning the steering wheel while trying to turn the key didn't work. We shifted the transfer case into neutral so we could move it, then the steering wheel locked. now we cant get the steering wheel unlocked, or turn the ignition. What do you suggest? A new tumbler?

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Yep, seems like a new ignition cylinder 'tumbler' is needed for your jeep.

Posted on Nov 23, 2010


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guessed it covering the (CSP) which
is magnetic! Again timing is
greatly affected, loud backfires,
stalling, etc...I know from experience!

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