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I broke my key off in the ignition. How do I take the ignition out starting with the column?

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What have you done to retrieve the rest of the key? Did you try maybe a q-tip with a sticky glue and very carefully insert and slowly remove? This has worked believe it or not for me. I do not know how much of the key is in there but it might work. Also, an auto locksmith could extract the remainder of the key for you fairly easily and cheaply.

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Go to the part store and pick up that special tool to take the switch out.

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I don't think you are making the correct contacts in the ignition switch, which is located down on top the column. You destroyed the lock cyl. and its probably hanging up the drive rod

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