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    Hi Guys,

    Time to move my R5 and Ive managed to lose my keys whilst moving house.

    Steering lock is on, and I was hoping to drive it, without destroying the lock.

    A few non-Renault people seem to think its possible with a hole punch ??? and a hacksaw to cut a groove, but Id prefer not to butcher it if possible.

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    Anyone have any pointers?

    Im still looking for the bloody keys, but I doubt I'll find them anytime soon. Theyll be in the bottom of a box somewhere.

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    Maybe a set of go jacks and trailer hire to move the car. Then when you get time to unpack you will come across your keys.
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    Not really an option to tow.
    My laguna has a cracked radiator (plastic) and the local trailer hire place is over 50kms away.

    Ive been looking for my keys all day.
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    A series 1 laguna?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve K View Post
    A series 1 laguna?
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    I tried using the card, but it wouldn't fit the 5
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    Quote Originally Posted by vivid View Post
    A few non-Renault people seem to think its possible with a hole punch ??? and a hacksaw to cut a groove, but Id prefer not to butcher it if possible.

    Anyone have any pointers?
    YES........Ignore such ignorant people who have never tried to force a renault steering lock.

    I'd sooner spend a bit of time picking the lock than I would try and bully it.

    This advice comes all a bit late, but in future, you could do as I do and when you have the key, rip the bloody steering lock out of the ignition barrel. Just like those fancy special 'security wheel nuts, there is only one person who it will lock out, and that is its owner.

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    Thanks Jo!

    No not too late, might try and break it!

    Only thing Id say its useful for is towing when you have no helpers.
    nothing a piece of wood or rope wouldn't fix.

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    Scratch that, I didn't read your post properly.

    I have tried to bully Renault steering locks before to no avail.

    Pick the lock eh? Times like this we need a 'master key' or to make copies!

    I had tried making copies before, finding a place is near impossible now that little hardware stores and specialist locksmiths seem a dying breed

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    I don't argue with Renault steering locks any more, have only once been able to pick one. They are easy to get from europe to replace. I just drill the centre out with a 10mm drill and it falls apart, and comes out easy them.

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    Hey Vivid,
    With out looking at my barrel, are they fitted with shear bolts to the column?
    If they are you can use a pin punch and undo the bolts. They will look like a round headed bolt!

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    I imported door key blanks from the states for mine, good lock smiths here usually have the fuel and ignition keys

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    I've found that there isn't much that will stand in the way of a 9" angle grinder...just saying.

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