ways to extract broken key from ignition?

my step son broke the key off in his car and we been looking for ways to take it out short of the obvious like calling a locksmith.

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rickharris4 years ago
You may get it out with some very thin pliers or even eye brow tweezers. A stiff bit of wire or a darning needle may help. Even possible to superglue the broken bit back to the bit you broke off - Then pull out together - You do this at your own rick, DO NOT get a lot of super glue in the ign or it will be screwed.
" this at your own rick..."


(I'd go with needle-nose pliers first, then tweezers, then tweezers held tight on the key with pliers, then superglue [drop on the stump, not on the bit in the lock!].)

Freudian slip!! Fingers too used to typing my name obviously.
then sacrificial tweezers with superglue on them...
orksecurity4 years ago
The problem with removing a broken key from a lock is that in many cases it breaks in such a way that some of the pins or wafers drop back into place behind the fragment. If that's what you're dealing with, you will need to push the pins up/down out of the way while pulling the key past them. Being able to see what you're doing is VERY helpful, especially if you don't have either experience or proper tools.

If the lock turns when you re-insert the broken-off part of the key, start the car and drive it to a mechanic or locksmith. If the lock can be mechanically turned, it's possible to release the lock from its housing (with the proper knowledge and tools), after which pushing the fragment of key out of the lock becomes much, much easier. And if you can take the car to the expert, you'll avoid the trip fees of having the expert come to the car.
frollard4 years ago

Broken Key Extractor.
lemonie4 years ago
You could dismantle the cabin until you can remove the lock and replace it (which probably means additional cost) but your locksmith is probably the best option.

NachoMahma4 years ago