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Key stuck in Ignition 1980 BRAT

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#1 danrenfroe2016


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Posted 18 May 2007 - 06:26 PM

I knew my ignition was going bad. (could take out key even when running.) well now its stuck in there! Can still operate just fine. I guess I will need a new switch. I am going to Subaru tomorrow.

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Posted 19 May 2007 - 07:27 AM

I seriously doubt they're still available.

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Posted 19 May 2007 - 10:49 AM

I seriously doubt they're still available.


Ok they do have them available. but at $198!!!!

Does any one have a ignition cylinder / switch for a 1980 brat? Thanks.


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Posted 21 May 2007 - 06:44 PM

They're still available??? I'd seriously consider coughing up the dough to get that one then.

If the key's stuck in it, then you've seriously got little other choice. You obviously can't trace cut a key that's stuck in the ignition. I dunno if the key you have is the original, but if it's not, there's pretty much no way to get a keycode. I've never seen any GenI or GenII that had a VIN that worked on Subarunet.

I'm thinking about getting one myself now if that's not the only one left. Mine's finicky as it is.

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Posted 21 May 2007 - 09:05 PM

i'm having the same issue...i'm thinking of trying a few different subaru ignition switches till i find something that works

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Posted 21 May 2007 - 11:00 PM

Hi. I'd try taking it to a locksmith and see if he can replace the tumblers. It may just be a case of turning the pins over. Just a thought. Cheers. Dave.

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Posted 22 May 2007 - 05:21 PM

I had that happen to me once, I got fed up and yanked it out with a pair of pliers, just make sure the ignition switch is at the "off/lock" posistion when you yank it out.

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Posted 31 May 2007 - 06:25 PM

try to spray some wd40 penetrating lubricant.. it works fine in those situations, just leave the key sprayed for 10 mins before try to remov it..

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Posted 01 June 2007 - 09:35 AM

there may be an easy solution:
first, is this an automatic or a manual? i'm not familiar with 80's brats, but the later soobs have a mechanism that prevents the key from being removed from an automatic unless it's in Park. often it's just not seated right, push the gear selector all the way into park, jiggle it, play with it and it'll release.

your EA81 brat probably isn't like that, so there's one other possibility. is the steering wheel locked? yank on the wheel really hard left or right and jiggle it as well while giving it some good stank. try removing your key while doing that.

if your key is warn so much that it came out while in drive, that's not a big deal, they do that all the time. that's not a problem with the lock cylinder, it's usually just a warn key. save that key, they often work in multiple ignitions/vehicles when they're warn that much. it may just work in your next one if you do have to get another lock cylinder (done that a few times myself and i've never had a lock cylinder fail).

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Posted 01 June 2007 - 09:47 AM

I have one a wee bit worse in my daily driver 86 Brat - Sno Worries

The key is stuck in and will not turn to the off position!!

It will still turn to the start position.

I hid a toggle switch up under the dash
that turns the ignition on and off.

Simple matter of opening the connection at the main pink plug.

You could do this as a temp/permanent fix or as a
antitheft measure.

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Posted 01 June 2007 - 02:26 PM

I hid a toggle switch up under the dash
that turns the ignition on and off.

LOL! I have one of those, mine's a push button. I can remove the key, it locks the ignition, goes to accessories, it just won't work reliably to actually start it.

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