Removing a Broken Key from a Lock without a Locksmith? This Trick Might Work

This process can help save your broken key! Have you ever experienced this? Your key gets stuck in the lock. You apply a little bit of pressure and wriggle the key back and forth a bit, only to break it off and be left with half a key in your hand and half a key in the lock. What should you do next? You could call a locksmith, but those are often quite costly and not always necessary. You could also follow our tips and remove the broken key from the lock yourself!

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A locksmith isn’t our best friend actually. Of course, they can fix the problem at hand within a couple of minutes, but they also charge a lot of money. Especially at night, on the weekend or during holidays, they might charge you up to a few hundred euros. And, of course, your key decided to break at the most inconvenient of times. Fortunately, we have got a bunch of tips that will save you a high bill.

Broken key

Can you see a piece of the key sticking out of the lock? Make use of a bit of oil or WD-40 to grease the lock with. WD-40 is the best option because you can use the long, thin sprout to spray as close to the key as possible. You should carefully spray the oil into the lock, in between the key and the cylinder. Don’t be afraid to be generous with the oil. Then, use a pair of pliers to pull out the broken key.

Too deep

Has the key broken inside the lock and are you unable to reach it? Don’t despair, as you can still easily fix it with a couple of tools. For example, you can use a strong magnet to pull out the remnant of the key. Although it is not everybody that owns a strong magnet and the key might be too stuck for this trick to work. Use a pair of tweezers or a straightened out paperclip. Should all these not yield, you might consider putting a little bit of glue on the other half of the key and then pushing it back into the lock, straight onto the stuck piece of key. Once the glue has dried, you can pull out the key in its entirety.

Saw blade

Definitely this method is effective. You will still need a small saw blade from a jigsaw, like the one in the picture below. If possible, go for a metal saw blade. The blade deserves to be very thin with very fine teeth. Use a pair of pliers to cut the saw blade, so the end also has teeth and isn’t smooth. Ensure there is a large tooth at the end of the table.

How does it work?

Simply put the saw blade into the lock with the teeth facing your way. That way, you have got something like a little angling rod you can use to angle out the key. Move the saw blade up and down to try and pry out the key. It might take you a few tries, but the broken key will jump right out of the lock.

Fixed it

Have you manage to get the key out of the lock? Great! All you need to do now is pick up a spare key at the neighbor’s or whatever family member or friend has one. Don’t you have a spare key? Then the local locksmith will be able to copy the key, but only if the key broke into two clean parts. If that won’t work, there is nothing left to do but replace the lock.

Carefully watch this video to see different ways to remove your broken key from a lock:

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