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5 Methods to Remove a Broken Key from a Car Lock

The feeling of helplessness is always the case when your key breaks in the ignition or car lock. Such a situation is inconvenient, to say the least! But all hope is not lost as you can remove the broken key.

However, we recommend you contact a mobile locksmith for help. Doing so will save you time and you will avoid damaging any part of your lock. For those insisting to give DIY options a shot, here are some tips to help you remove the broken key fragments.

Tools Needed:

  • Pair of needle nose pliers
  • Oil-based lubricant
  • Tweezers
  • Bobby, Paper, or Safety pin
  • Paperclip

Note; you only need one of the tools above for any of the methods below.

Lubricate the Area

For the process to be easy, there is a need you lubricate the car door locks entryway. An oil-based lubricant like WD-40 will do a perfect job. After spraying the lubricant into the keyhole, check out our next tip to remove the key fragment.

Arrange the Cylinders in Line

The cylinder has to be aligned for you to pull out the fragment. A pair of needle nose pliers is the right tool for aligning the lock cylinders. The tool can penetrate through the cylinder and can turn it into the right position.

Try to get a good grip on the broken key and gradually pull it out of the slot. This process is not as easy as it may seem because you could jam the key further into the lock. So, you have to be extremely careful.

Use Tweezers to Remove the Broken Key

In case a needle nose plier is not available, use tweezers to unlock the car door. Effective tweezers are those open wide enough to fit around the key. And they have to be thin to penetrate deep into the lock. Remember, there is the risk of pushing the key in farther when using tweezers.

Super Glue

Though some people say this method rarely works, it is still an option when you are in a bind. After all, superglue is readily available.

However, you only try this when the broken part of the key is visible. The trick is to grab the access key and gradually pull it from the keyway.

Place the glue on a strong stick or wire. Stick it to the visible or accessible key. Leave for a while to get sticky before applying force to pull out.

Sometimes, the key will not be aligned. In this case, do not pull, rather turn it to align straight to the keyway. Be wary not to apply excess glue as it can damage the lock.

Probe and Pull

Look around for two thin pieces of metal. Ensure they are equal to avoid pushing the key further inside. Then place them to allow for easy removal of the key. Pull gradually for the key to move out a bit. Continue until a reasonable part of the key is out. You can now use tweezers, super glue, or any tool that can grab the key firmly to remove it.

Call Locksmith for Help

In case you have tried all the methods recommended in this article without success, or you do not have the time to try, then call a locksmith. At Top Atlanta Locksmith, we will send a locksmith to remove the broken key from your car lock. We also offer car key replacement services for all types of cars. Feel free to call us.