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Key broken off in ignition

The key has broken off in the ignition... what can we do?

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  • Anne Bleckov May 17, 2009

    Going to have to try the locksmith... so it didn't solve it yet.

  • Anne Bleckov May 18, 2009

    Thank you all! Didn't expect to get any answers... At any rate, my husband (who broke the key off) found out how to take the ignition off, and be able to operate it. I then decided to call a parts store and see if they sold them. $22 for a new cylinder. When my husband got the cylinder out, he realized that nothing else would work. The key was pushed slightly up and actually coming out between the tumblers! Guess that's why a few of the above solutions (we tried) didn't work.


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Hi I am Vortash I dont know if this will work for you but it did for me when I broke my key off in my Volvo . Cut a small strip off the back of a plastic loyalty card .. same thickness as a credit card about a 1/4 2" wide and I put a small amount of superglue on the one side ( this was after a lcok smith had told me he would have to drill it out .so i thought what have I got to loose right ) then I pushed it into the lock with the glue side against the key as far as it would go then I left it ten minutes .. after which I went back and gentley eased the broken piece out .. thought you might want to give it a try .. not too much glue though or it will stick the lock up a very fine smear is all I used ..Regards Vortash

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    clive pearson May 18, 2009

    sorry that should be 1/4 of an inch but I am a terrible typist .. vortash


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A lot depends on how far down the key is broken off. A magnet would be nice, but many times keys are not magnetic, so that may not help

What a locksmith will most likely do is to take a tool that is shaped like a miniature hoe. It has a sharp end on it and he will try to get a bite on the key and pull on it. Sometimes he may use two at the same time/

You can give this a try...

At the tool store they sell a small set of sharp, pointed probes. One is straight, one is at a right angle (possibly your best bet), and others in the set have other angular offsets.

If you can get one of those probes to get a little bite on the key you can pull it out. Have a needle nose pliers or hemostats available to grab the key stub as soon as it comes out.

At some stores you can buy dental instruments for use as tools. They are too dull to be used on teeth, so no D-I-Y dental stuff here.
But they are sharp enough to get a bite on the key stub.

I've never tried it, but a fish hook could be sharp enough to pull it out, although the bend in the hook might be too severe to actually get into the lock. I don't think you could straighten out a fish hook --I believe it would break first.

If you have ever been tased, or have access to the "harpoons" that a taser shoots out, they might be able to do the job too.

There is another product that might help you -- your tool supplier will have a product that helps grip screws on screwdrivers. It is sort of a paste that one dips the screwdriver tip into and is tacky.

Just be really really careful if you try this paste because you don't want to gum up your lock. Just the tiniest bit and no more.

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Get a really strong magnet, and some dental type tools, try and jiggle it out. You may have to get a locksmith.

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