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#676319 - 15th Mar 2012 6:30pm key snapped in ignition
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just wandering what the best way to get half my key out the ignition barrel? Its a clean snap halfway down the key. I can still start my car using the other half that not stuck but obviously i need to get a new key cut as i cant keep doing that forever but i cant seem to get it out

any ideas?

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#676322 - 15th Mar 2012 6:35pm Re: key snapped in ignition [Re: DJ_Karl_David]
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Hi Karl try using a pair of long nose pliers with a magnet alongside the pliers or an electricians screwdriver with a magnet alongside the metal of the driver
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#676327 - 15th Mar 2012 7:50pm Re: key snapped in ignition [Re: DJ_Karl_David]
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Proper way is to remove the lock assembly and dismantle it, most locksmiths and garages will do this, some locksmiths will have tools that "might" tease it out..

If you can see the key bit down the lock then there is a method that sometimes works but you have to be extremely careful and patient.

Depending on the size of the hole you need a matchstick or cocktail stick - whichever fits down the hole without touching the sides.

Put the lock in the steering lock position so that the key could be removed if it was intact.

Cut the end of the matchstick cocktail stick ensuring you have a flat end.

Put a VERY small amount of superglue on the end of the stick.

Push the stick firmly onto the end of the broken key, making sure you dont get any glue on the sides of the key hole. Hold it still for at least 20 seconds and then try and withdraw the key.

Best place to push against is the thickest part of the key near the middle.

Needless to say I don't hold any responsibility if this goes wrong (glue in lock) but I have succeeded in doing this on more than one occasion. Reason for cutting the matchstick is that they are wax covered but sometimes its worth a first attempt without cutting it. After cutting it the wood is sometimes very absorbent and superglue dries almost instantly if it is absorbed.
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#676329 - 15th Mar 2012 8:05pm Re: key snapped in ignition [Re: DJ_Karl_David]
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Sorry off topic but sounds like a milatry operation Lol

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#676334 - 15th Mar 2012 8:12pm Re: key snapped in ignition [Re: Sarah_ZR]
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Originally Posted By: Sarah_ZR
Sorry off topic but sounds like a milatry operation Lol


Funnily enough, I learnt the trick on a military base thumbsup
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#676336 - 15th Mar 2012 8:14pm Re: key snapped in ignition [Re: DJ_Karl_David]
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Lol thought along them lines dd smile

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#676490 - 16th Mar 2012 10:58am Re: key snapped in ignition [Re: DJ_Karl_David]
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Now the half has stopped working and i cant see the other end of the snapped key to try and get it out.

Any ideas before having to pay for a locksmith?

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#676493 - 16th Mar 2012 11:24am Re: key snapped in ignition [Re: DJ_Karl_David]
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Originally Posted By: DJ_Karl_David
Now the half has stopped working and i cant see the other end of the snapped key to try and get it out.

Any ideas before having to pay for a locksmith?
Can you get your ignition to turn to postion 1, if so, i sent you pm telling you how to get it out.
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#676495 - 16th Mar 2012 11:27am Re: key snapped in ignition [Re: DJ_Karl_David]
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Willo it wont turn at all now. Steering lock is on aswell

Think im gonna have to ring a locksmith mate. Thanks anyway

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#676496 - 16th Mar 2012 11:38am Re: key snapped in ignition [Re: DJ_Karl_David]
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It will be a lot chaeaper to take ignition off, and get one from scrappy and put it on. 30 min job.
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#676504 - 16th Mar 2012 11:45am Re: key snapped in ignition [Re: DJ_Karl_David]
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this is me your talking too mate i couldnt even fit my own lighter haha!

Can i take ignition off with the steering lock on?

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#676505 - 16th Mar 2012 11:46am Re: key snapped in ignition [Re: DJ_Karl_David]
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You can yes, I can come do it if you want.
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#676515 - 16th Mar 2012 12:58pm Re: key snapped in ignition [Re: DJ_Karl_David]
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I thought you were a true Birko Karl? You should be able to hotwire that Baby in a minute!

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#676516 - 16th Mar 2012 12:59pm Re: key snapped in ignition [Re: DJ_Karl_David]
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#676708 - 17th Mar 2012 2:04pm Re: key snapped in ignition [Re: DJ_Karl_David]
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I've known a couple of girls who could suck it out for you. Not been in contact for a while though...

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