Can a broken key be removed from a lock? This may be a big question for many people. The answer is yes. Everything has a solution. The locks may start to rust or the keys can no longer turn properly. In the worst case, the key can even break in the lock.
Fortunately, there are several ways to get a broken key out of a lock. In the event that nothing else works, it is necessary to call a locksmith. But, using this trick, maybe you can fix it by yourself. Next, we explain how to do it.
How to get a broken key out of a lock?
- You must first check if the cylinder is in the locked or unlocked position; that is, upright in the lock. If not, you should put it on.
- Use a screwdriver or scissors to rotate the cylinder slot vertically. Alternatively, some needle nose pliers or scissors can do the job.
- This is the easiest way to put the lock in the standard open or closed position. This is important because a broken key cannot be removed from the lock from any other position.
LUBRICATE THE LOCK
- Once you’ve got the lock cylinder mechanism in the correct position, you can move on to the next step.
- Lubricate the lock with a lubricating oil. This will make it easier to remove the key from the lock. This product will penetrate the cylinder where the locked lock is located and thus reduce the friction points inside.
REMOVE THE BROKEN KEY FROM THE LOCK
- Ideally, the broken key should protrude a bit from the lock cylinder. In this case, you can try to pry the broken key out of the lock with pliers.
- If the lock is well lubricated and aligned in the correct position, you can free the broken key by gently pulling on it.
- You can also try using a chisel to loosen the key and then remove it with pliers.
REMOVE THE BROKEN KEY INSIDE THE MECHANISM
- Use a powerful magnet. This can help get the loose key out of the anchored door lock. You usually won’t have such a magnet at home, but you can buy one at a hardware store.