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Old 02-10-2009, 17:24   #1 (permalink)
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1993 probe GT-key broke off in ignition

When I went to start my car, I turned the key but it broke in half. (I think the key had a little bend in it...so that didn't help). Part of the key is now inside the lock. I tried putting the key's other half in and turning it , but no luck. By doing this, the key is now further back in the lock. A locksmith tried getting the part of the key out, but couldn't.

What should I do now? Remove the lock cylinder? If so, how. Do I need to remove the steering wheel? How much labor/parts is involved?

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Old 02-11-2009, 03:54   #2 (permalink)
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Re: 1993 probe GT-key broke off in ignition

I'm not real familiar with the probe, but I would guess it has a mazda type ignition lock. A competent locksmith should have been able to take care of you. There are tools to get the key out, which of course doesn't always work. But he could also lined up a new lock for you.
Call another locksmith- tell him everything and see what he can do.
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Re: 1993 probe GT-key broke off in ignition

How is the ignition lock cylinder removed? I've heard that the key has to be in 'ACC' mode and then you put a pin in a hole in the cylinder to remove it. The problem is that since the key is broken inside, I can't turn it to 'ACC'. Is there a way to turn to 'ACC' without the key being used? Below is a generic photo of the ignition assembly for my car.

Also, can the car be started by going straight to the ignition switch? I tried this with a screwdriver and it turned the positions, but won't not crank. Does that make sense?

<img src=http://members.cox.net/steel3rivers/Ignition%20lock%20&%20tumbler%20Ford%20probe%2093.jpg>
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Re: 1993 probe GT-key broke off in ignition

Several things here. This is known as a mazda style ignition lock, not a Ford. So, there is not a retainer to push with a pin. You need to unbolt it from the column, then remove the 'roll pins' to remove the cykinder. No, you can't turn it without the key being used. Even if you bypass the switch to get it to start, you won't be able to steer the vehicle since the steering wheel will be locked.
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Re: 1993 probe GT-key broke off in ignition

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Re: 1993 probe GT-key broke off in ignition

Oh, BTW, if you choose to unbolt it, you won't see a bolt head as your picture shows. These are shear-head bolts and can be tapped around with a punch and hamer.
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