Never blew up, you can’t kill a 4.0
Unless your 80 years old and cross the double yellow hit one head on.
Isn't there a way to remove the lock cylinder by disassembling the column? I've had a few jeeps including the XJ and now a YJ, and that is what I would try first. If I *had* to drill a lock, I would use an old CNC spotting drill. Say 10mm dia. Usually you can get the ignition lock cylinder and new key with it for around $30 in the US. So you would still have your old door key and locks. I've been tempted to grind off those old steering wheel locks more than once, and simply revert to the old-fashioned push-button start. It's less aggravation in the long run.
i was actually hoping to only have to drill half way though, to make the rectangular latch relax. another idea (i never heard of) is to drill out the "hook type latch" that engages the outside body from beneath. that seems easy. it would destroy the square hole, but that could be fixed with some steel filled epoxy, i guess. thoughts?
as to locksmiths, its hilarious but there are none that will toutch a vehicle. i phoned around for half an hour. front wheels are locked of course, gearbox too, but i can put the tranfer case into neutral.
How many Jeep dealers in Switzerland?
Not all wafer locks are created equal and while many are very good the ones used by Ford in the 90’s are definitely very low security and I am betting that Chrysler ones are no better .A wafer lock is anything but low security,
I bet your ford only used wafers on one side.
Not all wafer locks are created equal and while many are very good the ones used by Ford in the 90’s are definitely very low security and I am betting that Chrysler ones are no better .
The Ford definitely only uses wafers on one side only, which significantly reduces the talent required to pick the the lock. A double sided key was simply a convenance so the driver didn’t have to remember which way up to put the key in. I used to have two early 90’s Fords, a car and a truck and I cut a key that was the car on one side and the truck on the other so I could reduce the size of my key ring. A further convenance was that the wafers were on top on one and the bottom on the other so the key went in the same way up for both vehicles
I still say worth a try especially since he has had the lock apart and has an old one for reference so he should have a very good ideal of what is inside that he needs to target.The late 90 to 2000s Chrysler wafer locks are no joke, loaded on both sides and rather tight tolerances. Nothing like the Ford locks.
I still say worth a try especially since he has had the lock apart and has an old one for reference so he should have a very good ideal of what is inside that he needs to target.