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#1 Old 07-04-2012, 02:24 AM
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USA Key broke off in ignition switch!

So yesterday my key just broke off inside the ignition switch. it broke off half way so it is deeeep in there. Cant grab it with anything not even magnet. I took off the plastic covers around the ignition switch and popped out the piece where the key goes in. So now im sitting at the house thinking of ways to get it out.

Please let me know if you guys have any ideas or if anybody had a similar problem. I called a couple locksmiths and they charge from $120 and up. any help will be highly appreciated.
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So yesterday my key just broke off inside the ignition switch. it broke off half way so it is deeeep in there. Cant grab it with anything not even magnet. I took off the plastic covers around the ignition switch and popped out the piece where the key goes in. So now im sitting at the house thinking of ways to get it out.

Please let me know if you guys have any ideas or if anybody had a similar problem. I called a couple locksmiths and they charge from $120 and up. any help will be highly appreciated.
a dab of jb weld on the unbroken part and stick it back in?
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i was thinking of using a skinier metal piece with jb weld. Im afraid if i put it on the unbroken key it will just get stuck inside maybe?
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i was thinking of using a skinier metal piece with jb weld. Im afraid if i put it on the unbroken key it will just get stuck inside maybe?
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Easy fix..

If half of your key is in place, do you still need your other half to start the car?
Great!!!
Leave the piece in place, it is still doing its job.
Use the other 1/2 of the key to start the car and then remove the half a key..
When done driving, use the other half a key to shut it off, take the 1/2 key with you..

You will still have a key!!

Okay, not great.. So, you need a more permanent fix.

Can you slide a thin wire all the way past the key to the bottom?
It needs to be a stiff wire that will hold a very small L shape at the end of the wire.
Slide the L at a 90degree angle all the way past the piece, then turn back 90degrees behind the tip of the broken piece.
Spray the path with WD40 and slowly pull the piece straight back.

Now you need a NEW KEY
Do not put a heavy ring of keys on the new one.
Puts too much pressure on the key and the ignition/lock

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The key is all the way at the bottom. Been trying to get it out for 2 days. I will try to use super glue on the other piece of the key and stick it in, jb weld didnt really work. If this doesnt work probably will go to locksmith tomorrow unless you guys have any other ideas.

Does it matter which position the key in. ACC, or Start,
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can you get the whole lock cylinder out? you'll need to put it into the ACC position and depress the pin on the top. once it's out you might be able to put it back into the off position and tap the lock cylinder on a bench to see if the end of the key will dislodge.

if not it might be easier to take just the cylinder to a locksmith instead of having one of them come out.

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If other options fail:

replace lock cylinder with junkyard unit w/key
replace steering column with junkyard unit w/key
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Yes i took out the lock cylinder 2 days ago and been doing everything i can think of. Hitting, trying to glue it, using paper clips and needles, magnet. nothing works, it didnt even move. I guess its up to a locksmith.

How much you guys think is a good price? If its under $100 ill be good with that
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If you have AAA+ it's free. Otherwise $60-100 would be fair.

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Local junkyard says if they had a used cylinder w/key they would want $30 for it. YMMV
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