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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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Use needle-nose pliers to pull the broken
key out, if there is enough of it sticking out of the ignition to grab. Put a
little melted wax, Museum Putty or Super Glue on the pliers before you grab the
Make sure that the ignition is in the
"neutral" position so that the tumblers are not gripping the key. If
it is in the locked position, insert a thin hacksaw blade--with the teeth
facing up--next to the broken key, and turn the ignition to the "neutral"
Pull gently up on the hacksaw blade. If
you are lucky, the teeth will grab the key and slide it out. Try this with the
hacksaw blade behind the key, and again on top of the key. Most keys have a
groove on them that the hacksaw blade can grab, so wiggle and twist the hacksaw
blade around and see if you can feel it catch the key.
Try using the hacksaw blade and the pliers
together--pushing with the blade and pulling with the pliers.
Cut or break a six- to eight-inch piece
off of a wire coat hanger and use your pliers to fashion a small hook at the
end. Slide this into the ignition behind the key and try to grab it. If that
doesn't work, insert the wire in front of the key and try again.
Spray a little cooking spray or WD-40 into
the ignition and try again with the hacksaw blade. Remember to try both in
front of and behind the key, and to wiggle the blade. Do not spray the
lubricant before trying the pliers or wire, because now your key is not only
stuck, it is slippery.
Call a locksmith if the above steps do not
work. Do it before you get too frustrated, because it is much cheaper to
replace a key than it is to replace a key and a shattered ignition.
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