Don't panic if your key breaks off in your ignition. There are several ways you can attempt to remove it before calling a professional. Regardless of what method you try, do not push any exposed part of the key back into the ignition.
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Remove with a Magnet
Attempt to remove the broken key by placing a magnet over the ignition. If the broken pieces are small enough and close to the ignition entrance, there is a good chance the key will dislodge. Use a strong magnet for the best chance of success.
If a piece of the broken key is poking out from the ignition, use needle-nose pliers to grasp the key and pull. Be careful not to squeeze the pliers too hard around the key because some key material is soft and the pliers will rip through the piece.
Cut a section of wire about 6 inches long and bend a small hook at one end. The hook should be less than a centimetre long. Thread the wire hook into the ignition, move it around slightly from side to side, and slowly extract it. Attempt this several times to try to hook the broken key and pull it from the ignition. A thin coat hanger, large paper clip or picture wire are good options.
Broken Key Extractors
When other methods fail, consider purchasing a broken key extractor set. The extractor sets come with several different sizes of pliers, including pairs designed to firmly grasp small key pieces and soft brass. Locksmiths use the sets to remove broken keys. Extractor sets can be purchased at hardware stores, automotive repair centres and online speciality shops.
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