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Old 09-26-2014, 02:13 PM
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Ignition switch Replacement

Hi Everyone You guys always give great advice, so wanted to see what you think here. I know there is a recall coming for the "ignition switch issue" but besides loathing these scheming dealers here in NY... I really don't want them to touch my Jeep.

I'm having the occasionally, lights out issue while driving. All interior and exterior lights will start flickering on & off like crazy for no reason, Awesome while driving at night. So, I'm not really wanting to wait and see if the recall will fix it. Plus don't want them near my jeep...the last N23 recall, he tells me I need a rear 3rd brake light, and it would "only cost $180 and REALLY should do it now because I can get a ticket" LOL Declined and said just wanted the recall done. I ordered the new light online for $65 ...two screws and did it 5 min. Yet, they wanted $180.... still can't figure out how they got that amount!! Soooo... I'm def not bringing it to them for any other recalls.


I got a new BWD Ignition Switch from Advance Auto ($45). My friend is going to switch it out for me next sat. Being as it's an aftermarket part, and seems the recall fix will probably be to replace the switch anyway, think it should be good to go with the new one since it's not the Mopar switch?

Also, if that doesn't correct the light on & off issue, would the next step be the multifunction switch? Or any other ideas? Battery is fine, had it tested and it's a little less than 3 years old.

Appreciate any input

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Old 09-27-2014, 06:52 PM
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Hi Everyone You guys always give great advice, so wanted to see what you think here. I know there is a recall coming for the "ignition switch issue" but besides loathing these scheming dealers here in NY... I really don't want them to touch my Jeep.

I'm having the occasionally, lights out issue while driving. All interior and exterior lights will start flickering on & off like crazy for no reason, Awesome while driving at night. So, I'm not really wanting to wait and see if the recall will fix it. Plus don't want them near my jeep...the last N23 recall, he tells me I need a rear 3rd brake light, and it would "only cost $180 and REALLY should do it now because I can get a ticket" LOL Declined and said just wanted the recall done. I ordered the new light online for $65 ...two screws and did it 5 min. Yet, they wanted $180.... still can't figure out how they got that amount!! Soooo... I'm def not bringing it to them for any other recalls.

I got a new BWD Ignition Switch from Advance Auto ($45). My friend is going to switch it out for me next sat. Being as it's an aftermarket part, and seems the recall fix will probably be to replace the switch anyway, think it should be good to go with the new one since it's not the Mopar switch?

Also, if that doesn't correct the light on & off issue, would the next step be the multifunction switch? Or any other ideas? Battery is fine, had it tested and it's a little less than 3 years old.

Appreciate any input
If anything before you go in for the recall if you do. Just replace the bwd with the old oem one and drive it to the dealer. If not forgot about the recall and just dont put a brick on your key chain or mess with the keys while driving.

For your light problems.. maybe grounded out somewhere? Yall have some terrible weather up there that could have messed with your wires.
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Hi Everyone You guys always give great advice, so wanted to see what you think here. I know there is a recall coming for the "ignition switch issue" but besides loathing these scheming dealers here in NY... I really don't want them to touch my Jeep.

I'm having the occasionally, lights out issue while driving. All interior and exterior lights will start flickering on & off like crazy for no reason, Awesome while driving at night. So, I'm not really wanting to wait and see if the recall will fix it. Plus don't want them near my jeep...the last N23 recall, he tells me I need a rear 3rd brake light, and it would "only cost $180 and REALLY should do it now because I can get a ticket" LOL Declined and said just wanted the recall done. I ordered the new light online for $65 ...two screws and did it 5 min. Yet, they wanted $180.... still can't figure out how they got that amount!! Soooo... I'm def not bringing it to them for any other recalls.

I got a new BWD Ignition Switch from Advance Auto ($45). My friend is going to switch it out for me next sat. Being as it's an aftermarket part, and seems the recall fix will probably be to replace the switch anyway, think it should be good to go with the new one since it's not the Mopar switch?

Also, if that doesn't correct the light on & off issue, would the next step be the multifunction switch? Or any other ideas? Battery is fine, had it tested and it's a little less than 3 years old.

Appreciate any input
Like you said, the recall will more than likely be to replace the switch. If you go ahead with the Advance Auto switch, just save your receipt. At the bottom of recall notices there's a section that explains you can send in your proof of previous repair for reimbursement. I've never personally done it but it shouldn't be a problem to get your money back, maybe someone else can chime in if they've actually done it. I had the issue with the ignition switch happen to me a couple years ago and I replaced the switch. To verify the ignition switch was the problem, while the jeep was running, I just ever so slightly moved the key in the ignition and I was able to get my dash gauges and lights to drop out, so I went ahead with the switch and haven't had the problem since.
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Re: Ignition switch Replacement

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Like you said, the recall will more than likely be to replace the switch. If you go ahead with the Advance Auto switch, just save your receipt. At the bottom of recall notices there's a section that explains you can send in your proof of previous repair for reimbursement. I've never personally done it but it shouldn't be a problem to get your money back, maybe someone else can chime in if they've actually done it. I had the issue with the ignition switch happen to me a couple years ago and I replaced the switch. To verify the ignition switch was the problem, while the jeep was running, I just ever so slightly moved the key in the ignition and I was able to get my dash gauges and lights to drop out, so I went ahead with the switch and haven't had the problem since.
I really doubt they would pay for some cheap aftermarket part. I think I would have at least bought the Mopar part.
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I really doubt they would pay for some cheap aftermarket part. I think I would have at least bought the Mopar part.
I too would prefer to use the Mopar part, but it sounds as if op would prefer to use an aftermarket switch. Op, I found an old recall notice and copied the relevant part, this information is on every recall notice. " If you have already experienced this condition and have paid to have it repaired, you may send your original receipts and/or other adequate proof of payment to the following address for reimbursement: Chrysler Customer Assistance, P.O. Box 21-8007, Auburn Hills, MI 48321-8007, Attention: Reimbursement." As you can see, it doesnt specify that it must have been repaired by chrysler or with mopar parts, so if you choose to go with an aftermarket switch it shouldn't be a problem.
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Re: Ignition switch Replacement

There is another thread on here about the recall, and I think the general consensus is that they won't just be replacing the switch. The recall is supposed to cover accidental shutoffs, which are caused by a variety of things, including the switch itself, it's location, AND people hanging bricks on their keychains. Since they can't control the bricks on the keychains, they'll have to fix ONE OR BOTH of the other two factors, and I'm thinking both.

Anyway, back to the switch, I'd ditch the BWD and go with the MOPAR, but that's just my $0.02. Sometimes MOPAR actually does have the best part (rare but true). Same with the MF switch if you end up going that route. I've had to replace BOTH of them on my 05, and both at different times for different reasons. My interior/exterior lights/christmas tree problem was solved by replacing the MF switch, which I believe was about $100 from a MOPAR distributor. My ignition switch started acting (it used to only act up in the winter when cold) up after I got my Python installed so i had to replace it last winter and was about $55 from the dealer.

Let us know what happens and report back!
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Re: Ignition switch Replacement

Thanks for the input guys. Had my friend put the bwd one in this weekend, and so far everything is fine. But I really won't know until I drive it some more.

I'm not worried about them reimbursing me bc it was only $45. I just don't want to have to go to the dealer for another recall. Guess we'll see how it goes in the next few weeks. MF switch will be next if this didn't fix the light issue.
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Re: Ignition switch Replacement

FYI the Mopar ignition switch is $50 MSRP, about $36 online..
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Re: Ignition switch Replacement

I replaced my switch in a pinch w aftermkt a couple years ago. Symptom was random Xmas tree lights flashing on the dash.

I get the same ridiculous BS from my local dealer, "need new starter, need water pump, needs trans mount bushing" after already having them do it once in 2009. I told them to go pound sand. No more Chrysler for me.

btw, boxermom, where in NY ? I'm in Glen cove LI and loathe East Hills.

EDIT: and if y'all think the mopar parts are made in a different factory in china - yer nuts. My switch had the same chrysler logo on it.

today i replaced the upper rad hose. $37 from local parts guy. $100+ quote from dealer and he didn't have it in stock. O.M.F.G. Chrysler is on my shit list.
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Re: Ignition switch Replacement

Hey guys, just had the dealer do the recall. Now I have to shove the key in all the way to start and stop the engine. Is this normal on a switch replacement? thanks
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Hey guys, just had the dealer do the recall. Now I have to shove the key in all the way to start and stop the engine. Is this normal on a switch replacement? thanks
I haven't had the recall done, but I'm guessing this is how they corrected the problem the recall was for. Since people were inadvertently shutting off the motor by hitting the key with a knee or something, they may now have modified the ignition cylinder so the key has to be pushed in and turned, rather than just turned...sort of like a child-proof top on a medicine bottle.
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Re: Ignition switch Replacement

Thanks dr. lee. this switch is the worst. if I had known it was this bad I wouldn't have done it. Feels like your breaking something every time you start and stop the engine. keep the bricks off the keychain and use one key.
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