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My ignition key narrows as it gets closer to the tip and i accidentally pulled it out today with the engine running. I was able to stop the engine and then disconnected the battery.

I've read the posts about drilling out the pin and replacing but was hoping there might be a way to get it back in, any suggestions?

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I know I didn't explicity say it, but I tried to get it back in and it wouldn't go far enough in to turn. It goes in quite a bit but needs just a little more and I didn't want to break off the key.

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I know I didn't explicity say it, but I tried to get it back in and it wouldn't go far enough in to turn. It goes in quite a bit but needs just a little more and I didn't want to break off the key.

Sounds crazy, but turn your key over. Mine did this, and considering that it came out with it running, the tumbler is rotated at this point. Might work.

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Lucked out this morning. I went out to fiddle with it again before work and was able to finally get it to pop back in.

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I know I didn't explicity say it, but I tried to get it back in and it wouldn't go far enough in to turn. It goes in quite a bit but needs just a little more and I didn't want to break off the key.

Sounds crazy, but turn your key over. Mine did this, and considering that it came out with it running, the tumbler is rotated at this point. Might work.

lol this happened to me at a restaurant on the way to Mid Am.

I was putting the key in upside down. Sitting there with my car running and I couldnt shut it off,.. I was sweating what I would do with a bad ignition and unable to turn the car off when my son flipped the key and shut the car off Then laughed at me as he normally does

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He's not the only one.

:-p

Then laughed at me as he normally does

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Mine does the exact same thing and I also thought it was because it's worn out. Interesting! It does feel like you could start it with a screw driver though.

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I think the ability to remove the key w/ the car running is a function of time & wear - on the key or the ignition, or both.

I can remove the key while running from my '75 w/ 375K miles, but cannot remove the key (while running) from my wife's '76 w/ 125K on the clock.

Bob Napier

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I've been able to remove the ign key from my '69 while running for some time now (10+ years) but have never been able to do so on the '73's lock. I suspect it has something to do with using the original, steel key in the ign (which my wife did for about 15 years) vs using a brass aftermarket key (which I've done ever since buying the '73 in 1978).

Brass keys don't wear the lock mechanism as much as steel ones; also the weight of a bunch of keys on a keychain will wear a lock much faster than only one or two keys on the chain.

mike

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Yip I have the same...

I find it a kinda of useful unintended function of wear.

When I'm warming up my engine and I need something

from the trunk, I just pop the key out, unlock the trunk

get what I need and pop it back in the ignition with

engine running.

G

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