Re: i have a broken key and when i say broken i mean 2...
2009 Eclipse probably has a computer chip in the key, which does away with the concept we used to know as 'cheap' or even reasonable. My advice, get rid of the Mitsu and get an older, well-restored smaller muscle car ('60s Mustangs, Novas, Chevelles) from the era when mechanics had brains and cars didn't. If by some remotely-possible chance that your Mitsu key doesn't have a chip, take your broken pieces to a reputeable locksmith, and it can be re-cut pretty easily (and maybe even cheaply!)
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Hi Tony, Take up the broken pieces and if there is a battery in the key connect it to the broken pieces, insert the key holding the broken parts in the same relative position and start up. Get the key replaced asap. Regards John
Locksmiths use a tool that resembles a thin piece of a coping saw blade. That tool is slid along side the key stub, turned so that the teeth grip the stub, and pulled outward.
They also use a thing that is like a dental pick, only with a smaller hook.
I've heard of supergluing a toothpick (or the other half of the key) to the stub of the key, but you would have to be very, very careful not to get any glue on anything but the end of the broken piece of the key. You also have to be able to hold it long enough for the glue to set.
I've also read that lubricating the key stub and lock with a lock lubricant helps with extraction, but that would clash with the superglue method.
As far as removing the cylinder, it has to be in the 'ACC' position. The only alternative to this is to remove the entire switch assembly and replace it with a new/used unit. This would mean having to add another key to your keyring(s). I believe that removing the steering wheel is necessary (or very helpful) when replacing the switch on that car.
If the broken piece of key is not sticking out of the ignition lock, unlikely you will be able to remove it. Because its probably one solid broken piece and its bent so it wont slide right out.
But try getting a strong magnet, and put your spare key in until it touches the broken piece of key in the ignition. Stick the magnet on the spare key and see if you can pull the broken piece out.
If you have an old speaker thats not working, there will be a strong magnet on the back of the speaker. Or use a magnetic pickup tool for picking up screws, sockets and stuff under the hood of your car. You can get a magnetic pickup tool from an auto parts store.
If you cant get the broken piece out you will need to replace the ignition lock. Not easy on a Cadillac, probably has the telescoping/ tilt steering wheel.
Depending on the key itself, you may be able to remove the broken piece by using a small magnet (strong). Test the remaining part of the key to see if this is possible, (if it's susceptible to the magnet). If you have no luck with the magnet, your best bet is to call a locksmith as they have something to remove the broken key within seconds.
If you try to get the your broken piece out of the key out yourself, there's quite a large chance of doing further damage and needing to replace the cylinder lock which can become very costly.
One of the easiest ways for this if you dont wanna pay a locksmith or open the whole compartment is to find another thin piece of metal or possibly the broken part of the key that came off. You then use super glue (and not the cheap stuff in any ordinary supermarket) but one from a hardware store (not too much though, as small as possible) You then need to reattach the key and hold it for at least 5 minutes pushing slightly forward. if you used just the right amount of good quality super glue/adhesive then it should work.
Your two choices are #1 remove and replace the ignition cylinder or #2 remove the cylinder, disassemble it and remove the broken key piece and reinstall cylinder. If you cannot handle the job, have a mechanic do it since it's quite a complex task getting that cylinder out and an even harder task removing the broken key piece.
take it to a lock smith to remove the broken part or you could jam the broken part down to where the ignition will turn with the broken key. I advise taking it to a lock smith to remove the broken part