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Old 06-21-2016, 10:05 AM   #1
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Default Help - Ion Ignition Switch with key broke inside

I have a good friend who has a 2005 Saturn Ion. The key broke off in her ignition and she couldn't get it out (the very tip of the key). Her husband called the locksmith and they said they wouldn't be able to help (we live way out and it would be a long way and it's in Arizona, so it's really hot and I don't think he wanted to go out to help). My friend is really poor and didn't have any money, so we saw online some people had drilled the ignition if it wasn't a chipped key (not something I was recommending, but a choice they made). Doesn't seem that has worked. Another friend was able to tow the car to their home (it was a 20+ mile tow, but there isn't a dealership within 100 miles). Since we can't get the ignition switch to turn we can't get it out to replace it (I've watched the video on how to replace the ignition switch and I'm more than capable of doing that for them if the switch would turn). Now they are wanting me to look online to find out how to hot wire the car. I told them that hot wiring an older car might work, but the newer cars aren't meant to be hotwired with all of their safety features. At this point, what would your suggestion be? Is there a way to break the ignition switch loose (it seemed like someone was suggesting that, but I wasn't real clear on that) and I don't want to be responsible for breaking their car. Please advise.

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Old 06-21-2016, 10:14 AM   #2
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Default Re: Help - Ion Ignition Switch with key broke inside

As you said, bott wiring a modern car isn't really feasible. If they hadn't drilled the cylinder (not switch), you should have been able to insert the broken key and turned it for removal, but now you have to figure out how to get it to turn to get it replaced. I've never drilled a car ignition lock cylinder, but on house doors it's easy, but you would need to drill out BOTH sets of pins on an ion, so you would need a huge drill bit, and then you would risk not having enough lock cylinder left to turn. Ypu might be better off bringing it to a mechanic with experience doing this.

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Old 06-21-2016, 10:25 AM   #3
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Thank you for your response. I will let them know what you said. The nearest mechanic is 35 miles away and would require another tow, so I doubt they will try that. They will probably try the huge drill bit, LOL! They did try using the rest of the key to turn it multiple times (I was there). We tried everything to get the key out as well, but it just wasn't going to come out. Again, thank you for your response. I will pass on the info (my friends do not have the internet).

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Old 06-21-2016, 01:08 PM   #4
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You're welcome. If you can gettwo smaller ones on either side, that would work, too, but it's a double sided key. Depending on how they tried drilling it.

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Old 06-22-2016, 07:57 AM   #5
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I'm going to guess it's too late for one of these:

https://www.amazon.com/SySrion-Broke...6600161&sr=8-1

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