Key will not turn to start ignition

Tiny
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  • 2007 RENAULT CLIO
  • 1.0L
  • MANUAL
  • 80,000 MILES
We have tried the steering wheel wiggle method and put WD40 in the lock and the key still won’t turn in the ignition. It was working earlier in the week. Please could you help?
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Sunday, April 3rd, 2022 AT 5:05 AM

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Tiny
BORIS K
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Hello,

There are many ways of getting the steering lock to disengage, see good video below.

https://youtu.be/4PcBuOn7d6I

If all ways fail, you will need to replace the ignition barrel.
To access the ignition barrel the upper and lower steering column covers need removing.
Then to remove the ignition barrel you will need to remove the restriction bolt on top of the barrel. See image 1 below

See video below.
https://youtu.be/F5MCOJjWQG8

Once bolt is removed next press down on the retainer and remove the ignition barrel from the housing. See image 2.
Note that you will need to turn the ignition with either the key or a different way, as explained in video 1.

Please let us know how you get along.

Cheers, Boris
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Monday, April 4th, 2022 AT 2:15 AM
Tiny
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We managed to get everything off but not able to turn the key so couldn t get the pin to let it out, is there any other option?
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Monday, April 4th, 2022 AT 10:17 AM
Tiny
BORIS K
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Hello,

As you are replacing the ignition barrel you will have to force it by knocking a suitable screwdriver into it until you can turn the ignition. As advised on the previous video.

Another video.
https://youtu.be/tx-bcUdWfKw

Please keep in mind that if you fit a new ignition barrel you will need to have it matched to your old key by a locksmith. Like this you can use the same key again for all the other locks. If you are using a new key then you will need to have it programmed to your vehicle, otherwise it will not start.

Cheers, Boris
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Tuesday, April 5th, 2022 AT 9:17 AM

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