3 Easy Strategies for Removing a Broken Key

30 Aug

3 Easy Strategies for Removing a Broken Key

The main thing you need to know about removing a broken key from your lock is that you should never use a regular blade of a pocket knife or pair of scissors. Usually, when you try to pry up the broken part of the key, it will dig into the side of the lock and ruin it. A knowledgeable locksmith can resolve the problem quickly with a broken key replacement. When you try to pry up the broken key, it will cut through the other part of the lock causing more damage. At that point, you need a locksmith, and A&A Aventura Pro Locksmith can reliably resolve the problem and help you gain access.


Tweezers are good for small keys but not for big ones. You can use tweezers to grip the broken end of the key and pull it out of the lock. This is often easier than other methods because you can see where the key is stuck inside the lock, and you don't have to worry about damaging any other parts of your car or house door.

Jigsaw Blade

A jigsaw blade makes it easy to cut through a broken key to remove it from your car or house door lock — just be careful not to cut yourself or damage surrounding areas! You'll need two hands for this method: one to hold the saw at an angle over the key's shaft while cutting and another hand holding down on top of whatever you're cutting through (such as a piece of wood). Make sure you wear safety glasses when using tools like this in case any debris flies off or if any pieces break off during cutting.

Super Glue

If all else fails, try super gluing some thick rubber bands around the broken piece until their snug against each other, then pull them out with pliers or forceps. This may not work if there's rust on either side of the keyhole, but if it does work for you, you'll save yourself from having to call a locksmith!

What Not To Do When Trying To Remove a Broken Key

  • Don't Use Pliers: You shouldn't use pliers to remove a broken key from a lock, because it may damage your lock. This is especially true if you're attempting to remove a key from a car door lock. If the key breaks off completely in the lock, you'll need to call an auto locksmith or tow truck service to remove it.
  • Don't Use WD-40: Using WD-40 or any other lubricant on your key may help loosen it up, but it won't get rid of the broken piece of metal inside your lock or door handle. It will just make removal more challenging for professional locksmiths when they arrive at your location to fix the problem for you.
  • Do not use force. The key might be stuck in there pretty good and you could damage the lock if you try to pry it out with a screwdriver.
  • Do not use heat. Don’t try to melt the plastic matrix holding the broken part together. You risk melting other parts of your ignition system as well as possibly burning yourself or starting a fire.

Call a Professional Locksmith

The best, most effective way we found to remove a broken key from a lock is to use any old tweezers you may have lying around the house. It doesn't matter if there are little grooves in the jaw of the tweezers (like there are with nail clippers). A&A Aventura Pro Locksmith is skilled at broken key replacement, and they can help you with all your lock needs.

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