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07-05-2007, 06:37 PM
So I think my keyswitch (on the Cruiser) is sticking and keeping my starter engaged until my engine fires, at which point the starter gets kicked off. Does this sound right to anybody else? Is it something that's easy to take apart and repair or does it require a new keyswitch?

07-06-2007, 10:08 AM
The starter can stick or the ignition can stick. The easiest way to check is to pull your coil wire and crank it over. Turn the key as little as possible to kick on the starter. If it stops cranking with the key off the starter is probably good. If the stater keeps on cranking, give it to my dad, his is possessed as well. If you can only get the starter to stick by turning the key as far as possible, the ignition may be defective.

07-06-2007, 10:21 AM
Replace the ignition switch. They wear out. look like this but get a new one.


07-06-2007, 11:19 AM
Does that need a new key?

07-10-2007, 09:42 PM

07-10-2007, 10:21 PM
no.. you can remove the tumbler and just use a screwdriver if you want.

07-11-2007, 02:23 AM
It is possible to reset the new lock to work with your old key. You have to take the lock apart and position all the tumblers correctly. My buddy Tim Noreen has done this. If you need details, I can call him.

07-12-2007, 12:13 PM
The ignition lock set and ignition switch are two separate replaceable items.

If you're only replacing the ignition electrical switch, it doesn't require a new key or lock set. My original FJ switch was engaging the starter just as you shut the engine OFF - the starter would briefly kick in as the engine shut down. Ouch.

Remove the clamshells from the column (assuming you have a later FJ) and it'll be fairly obvious.

07-12-2007, 12:53 PM
You could hotwire it too. Let me know if you need any help with that.