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Key broke off in ignition lock cylinder. Cant start the car! Is there a trick to getting the little broken key out?

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  • cskalski Jul 21, 2009

    I just got back from local junkyard. Took a used lock cylinder assembly off a 96.

    Starts and drives great!!! I bought the 4x4 2dr 4 $500.00 and the lock cyl cost 50 bucks. I also added a new battery 4 50 bucks and welded the hinge back on the drivers side great.

    Car is LOADS OF FUN!!!!



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Remove the lock cylinder housing, and try to get it out that way. Otherwise, get a new lock cylinder.

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The tracker is a vitara/sidekick suzuki, with GM(geo) logo on grill.
the whole assembly is held in with (done them personally) with a headless security clamp bolts, the lock assembly has a steel pin that is only accessible from the rear, to pull this pin and remove cylinder from assembly. (that TRICK too blocks thieves.)
so the book is free to read, we have it. wana read it?

first read the book on AIR BAG disablement. that is step 1.
do not risk injury fiddling about around bag wires.... ok.?
read page 2, and disable bags as stated on THAT PAGE.
1996 FSM (same car as a 97, cept PCM)
chapter 7F4 page 7 (new ignition switch day)
it shows every step in the process. (just by 6mm allen bolts for reinstall, that is what I do)
read that and ask questions,
say thanks to the guy there that scanned in a book size of NY
telephone directory, not me, im not that crazy.

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