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There are lots of people who may or have never experienced but always wonder how do you remove a key broken in the lock?
We will attempt to offer solutions to variations of this common problem.
What can I do if I cannot get my key from the ignition?
There are several methods of removing keys broken in the ignition. First up is using a wire. You could use a wire hanger or use paper clips.
Follow these steps, when using a wire hook and you will have your broken fragment out of the ignition.
Using a wire
1. Bend your choice of wire into a hook
Select a thin but strong piece of wire that you can easily bend into a hook on one end. This will help in pulling out the broken pieces from the ignition.
If it is too strong to bend by hand, you can use a pair of pliers or a wrench to bend it.
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2. Insert the bent wire
Using the remaining fragment of a key that you hold, affix the hook onto the sides of the key and direct it into the ignition. Let your wire hook go all the way to the end of your ignition and wrap around the broken fragment of the key.
When completely hooked, gently pull it out by turning and twisting to disengage it from the kinks in the ignition.
You can also use pliers to remove broken car key parts from the ignition. When the broken part of the key is visible and can be gripped with the fingers even slightly, pliers are your best option.
1. Grip the broken part
Using your pliers, try and grip the small part of the broken fragment extended outwards from the ignition. You may have to use your fingers to pull out an extra bit of the broken key.
2. Pull out the key
Once you have successfully gripped the key with your pliers, pull it out gently and slowly to avoid damaging your ignition lock.
Use your fingers
This is the easiest method to remove your broken fragment of a key from the ignition. IT may take longer than the other methods but you can always resort to it if you do not have tools.
Where the broken fragment is visible, hold on to the extended part of the key and pull it out gradually, turning and twisting to get it over the kinks of the ignition.
Can a locksmith get a broken key out of the ignition?
When all the above methods of trying to remove your broken car key from the ignition have not worked, your last resort is to now turn the car to a locksmith. If you do not have a locksmith on your phone you can find one easily.
1. The first step is to look for a good locksmith for cars and get a quote
Get onto the internet and look for a capable locksmith. Get their contacts and a call to confirm that they work on car ignitions as some locksmiths only work on door locks.
2. Get a price charge
Since locksmiths offer personal services, they will charge differently. Call several locksmiths to get the price range of their services. Try and negotiate for the price of the service that you will receive and that you are comfortable to pay and then give them directions to where you are.
Beware that you will have to cover the transport cost that you will incur for them to come to you.
Locksmiths are the best option when your car key breaks in the ignition but trying to do it yourself may save you lots of money.
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Can a broken car key be repaired?
Yes, it can. With that said, a broken car key is not a DIY exercise. It needs a professional locksmith to do it for you as it may lead to further complications with your ignition.
For example, if you decided to repair your broken car key with glue, this may not be the best solution and will lead to the key breaking again once the glued dries as it cannot hold the key together.
1. Try a locksmith
Reaching out to a locksmith is the best solution to repairing your broken car key. With their equipment, they can hold back your key in place and replicate another for you in no time.
It is faster and much cheaper than having to replace your car’s ignition.
Replacing your broken car key is the best solution in repairing a broken car key. You will have to call in a locksmith if the broken key is jammed in the ignition or if you have it at hand, you can take the broken pieces to the locksmiths who will then help replace your car key and give you a new car key.
Also, it is important that you get another copy that will keep as a spare key for your car in case it breaks again or is misplaced.
Tips in repairing and preventing breaking of car keys.
1. Take good care of your car keys
Ensure that you carefully look after your car keys. Do not throw them around especially on to hard surfaces. Place them gently on the surface whenever you are putting them down.
2. Keep them on their own
Keep your car keys on their own. Do not add other keys onto the ring of your car keys as this adds pressure to your ignition and could lead to damage.
3. Repairing a key is not a DIY project
If your car key bends or breaks in any way, do not attempt to fix it by yourself. Always seek out a locksmith who is capable of handling it professionally and getting it back to you in proper form.
4. Do not force your key into the ignition
If you put your car key into the ignition and it jams, do not force it in. This could lead to damage on your keys or ignition which could need an overhaul and cost more than is necessary.
Why does my key get stuck in the lock?
There are several reasons why keys get stuck in the lock:
1. Needs lubrication
When your keys get stuck in the lock, it could be because of lots of friction between the key and the lock mechanism. To reduce the impact of friction, lubrication is required.
To lubricate your lock mechanism, a spray lubricant is the best solution since a spray can get to the insides of the lock mechanism.
2. If the lock mechanism is old
If the lock is too old, every time you put your key in it moves with it. To open the door, you need to hold on to the lock mechanism to ensure that the door opens. To solve this problem, lubricants will do or you will have to buy a new locking mechanism.
3. Dirt inside the lock mechanism
Your lock mechanism could be filled with long term accumulated dirt as locks are not changed often. This can cause your keys to stick once inserted into the lock.
Dirty locks can be cleaned with a lubricant which can either be sprayed or use the key to lubricate the springs in the lock mechanism. By dipping the key in lubricant, you can then use it to lubricate the inside of the lock mechanism.
Tips to remove your stuck keys
As we have seen in the above case, lubrication is the most efficient mode of extracting your keys when stuck in the lock.
2. Wiggle your keys up and down gently
As you do this, ensure that you are gently pulling out the keys. The up and down movement of the keys unclamps them from the teeth and springs in the lock mechanism thus releasing the keys.
3. Use ice cubes
Placing ice cubes onto your stuck keys leads to the contraction of your keys. This then leads to a release of your stuck keys.
4. Picking your locks with the keys in them
If your keys get stuck in the lock, you can also get them unstuck by picking your lock. Insert a thin wire into the lock mechanism and lift the springs on to which your keys are stuck and you will have successfully picked your locks with your keys in them.
Does AAA cover broken key in the ignition
AAA covers when keys are broken on the door and the owner of the car is not able to access the car. Depending on the product that you have paid for with them, AAA will either cover the costs you incur in key replacement or in locksmith services.
Depending on where you live, the rates you pay, also determines whether AAA will cover the cost of your key emergency. It is not clear how they will handle it when your key is broken in the ignition, but they will cover the cost of the locksmith services.
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