key broken off in ignition

Old 09-08-07, 02:09 PM
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key broken off in ignition

My son has a 1992 Chev-S-Trek pick up and when he tried to start it the key broke off. He has an extra key but has to get the broken piece out of the ignition. We called the Chevie place and were told it would cost at least $200 plus towing. He is out of work and has no money but starts a new job on Monday so really needs to get the truck going We would be ever so grateful for any help - thanks. Joycy
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This problem has come up a number of times. One solution was to take the part you have in hand and super glue it to the old part in the ignition. Hold it steady while it sets up for about two minutes. Be careful not to glue the key in the ignition. This may pull it out for you.

I don't believe magnets will work for that removal, but a sharp pin with a slight hook on it may be slid along side of the key and allow you to pull it out.

Hope this helps,

Old 09-08-07, 04:20 PM
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If all else fails, you can get a new ignition cylinder at most auto stores, or call a lock smith out.

They will get it out, but it may cost some money $100+ usually.
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There are broken key extractors that are carried by locksmiths as part of their lock picking tools. You could order one off the internet, but your schedule doesn't include time to wait. I'd just bite the bullet and call a locksmith.
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Well, if the key is already in, then all you need to do is some how turn the cylinder to start it or turn it off. This he could try and do so that when Monday rolls around in a few hours, he could get to work. Be sure to remind him to lock the door though, if he could start it, so too could a thief.

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