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 Post subject: Broken Key in Ignition
PostPosted: Tue Mar 12, 2013 8:16 pm 
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My key is broken almost in half and piece is inside the ignition. Fortunately I can still insert the remaining half and start the car.

Does anyone know how i can remove the broken piece?

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 12, 2013 8:52 pm 
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I had that happend on my mitsubishi Galant. and it was not fun. I took my sun shades apart. Make them into a hook and pry the missing part out of the ignition :(


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 13, 2013 1:45 am 
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remove lock cylinder from column and take it to a locksmith so he can rebuild it and cut a new key to perfectly match.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 13, 2013 4:43 am 
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take the combo switch out
unscrew the ignition switch from behind the key
the igition switch has 2 round bolts at the top
use a dremel or grinder and cut 2 flat groves into them
unscrew wtih flathead
where the key enters there are 2 or 3 little expanding spring dowel thingys
use a small drillbit to drill them out
take apart lock cylinder
should be able to get better access to the other part of the key
use small needlenose or try an earthmagnet
reassembly try locating the pins for the bitsize you used or just jam some tiny screws in where the pins were
reassemble

take both peices of the key to a locksmith they should be able to cut you a key or if not take the column in

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 13, 2013 4:47 pm 
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go to dealer with registration and get the key code from the vin. Ihave had keys cut from two pieces and they never worked quite right. Then again it was the village idiot that cut it.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 13, 2013 8:26 pm 
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aqqus wrote:
go to dealer with registration and get the key code from the vin. Ihave had keys cut from two pieces and they never worked quite right. Then again it was the village idiot that cut it.


I still have the spare, so getting additional keys is not the problem. Just getting to the broken part :?

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 13, 2013 8:32 pm 
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crnolic wrote:
take the combo switch out
unscrew the ignition switch from behind the key
the igition switch has 2 round bolts at the top
use a dremel or grinder and cut 2 flat groves into them
unscrew wtih flathead
where the key enters there are 2 or 3 little expanding spring dowel thingys
use a small drillbit to drill them out
take apart lock cylinder
should be able to get better access to the other part of the key
use small needlenose or try an earthmagnet
reassembly try locating the pins for the bitsize you used or just jam some tiny screws in where the pins were
reassemble

take both peices of the key to a locksmith they should be able to cut you a key or if not take the column in


So where the wires enter the ignition swith (left side) you are saying that I can unscrew that portion (by following your instructions) ? and enter the tumbler area from the left side

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 13, 2013 8:46 pm 
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Also just heard about http://wedgeco.com/ for a few dollars instead of drilling stuff out. Anybody heard of this method?

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 14, 2013 7:36 pm 
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taking the lock apart is really not that difficult. follow the above instructions and go slow. heck, before I found a full set in the J-yard I took the one key I had and keyed the other doors and ignition to match. all it took was a file and some patience.


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