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How to Remove a Broken Key From a Car Lock

How To Remove A Broken Key From A Car Lock

A broken car key in a door lock can leave you stranded for hours, so you may need to find an immediate solution. Experts recommend finding emergency auto locksmith services to take care of your problem. Removing the key fragment on your own risks damaging the car lock. Brock's Lock & Key outlines a step-by-step process of gently removing a broken key from a car lock:

Step 1: Assess the Problem and Gather the Right Equipment

Broken key problems are all unique so evaluating the key’s position can help determine the method you will use. Professional locksmiths assess the situation first, and so should you. 

It would help to find proper equipment for the job done before you start removing the key. Some of the must-have items for a key extraction include;

  • A pair of needle-nose pliers or tweezers
  • Oil-based spray lubricant
  • Narrow key extractor tool or paper clip

Using proper equipment minimizes the risk of damaging the car lock while making the extraction easier.

Step 2: Align the Cylinders

Keys often break while someone is turning the lock. If they are broken in the lock, they can be difficult to remove. Your broken key presses the pin tumblers down, allowing the cylinders to turn for the lock to open. A key fragment stuck in the lock may misalign the cylinders.

Aligning the cylinders before attempting to remove the key can make things easier. Use a paperclip to slowly turn the cylinders until you have a clear path for the key. Avoid poking the key to prevent further twisting.

Step 3: Apply Lubrication

Lubrication can help ease the sliding movement of the key fragment as you get it from the lock. You should spray on your oil-based lubricant liberally before trying out any pulling method. Wipe off any excess oil around the lock to avoid making the area grimy once you get to work.

Our experts advise using a lubricator like WD-40 for car lock keyholes.

Step 4: Try the Probe and Pull Method

Using your narrow key extractor tool, reach in at the bottom of the key fragment and hook onto one of the notches. Gently try pulling the key out. Should your grip slip off, get further ahead for a better ridge to hook onto. Avoid disturbing the key when pushing the extractor tool in to prevent jamming the lock.

Step 5: Extract Key Fragment

Once the key fragment sticks out of the lock, use the pliers or tweezers to remove the key fragment completely. Avoid twisting the key since it can break the fragment again.

Work With Auto Locksmith Services 

The above techniques can help you remove the key fragment without damaging the lock. Not all broken key issues can be solved using these methods, so you may need to hire auto locksmith services. The experts can get the job done efficiently, saving you valuable time.

Brock's Lock & Key is your trusted locksmith serving the central Texas area. Our experts offer professional and competent help to get you access to your property and car. Contact us today to find out about our services. 

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