Key Extraction


Car Key Broke Off In The Lock?

Car Key Extraction Services – Occasionally, the unfortunate situation arises where a car key snaps within a door lock or ignition, which can be distressing. But what should you do next? It is important to avoid attempting to extract the broken key with pliers or any other tool. While the internet provides numerous solutions to various issues, tinkering with your car in this way is not advisable as it is both costly and essential to your daily routine.

Attempting to extract the key forcefully often leads to harm to both the lock and the key, resulting in a damaged locking mechanism that requires more costly repairs and longer downtime for the replacement of the lock or ignition. On the other hand, a trained technician can quickly and efficiently remove the broken key, making the process much simpler and hassle-free.

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Of all the ways a broken car key can aggravate you, the most frustrating must be be the one where the key blade has broken off and is left inside the ignition key switch. Key blades broken off in car doors and trunk lids can also happen, but with lower frequency then of those that occur with ignition switches. Some higher end vehicles have done away with mechanical switches altogether, but failures on these systems can be more expensive to repair.

  • DIYing Your Way Out Of A Predicament

Conceivably, your car key can break while you’re home or at the office, where you have spares for your car keys. If you’re adept with using simple hand tools, a pair of long nose pliers might be enough to pull out the offending key. Just make sure that the ignition switch is in the off position so that the tumbler wafers are disengaged. Otherwise, more damage may result. So that’s a big if. And that’s if you have easy access to a spare key.

If attempting to remove the broken key yourself, avoid using excessive force. A broken blade that refuses to budge with firm pressure is a sign that likely something is impinging on one (or more) of the ridges on the broken key section. Unless you have the patience and skills to undertake this relatively delicate operation, extracting a broken car key is best left to skilled hands. Your attempt to save money may only end up costing you more money

Trying to extract a broken car key yourself can cause further damage, but a professional extraction can safely and efficiently remove the broken key.
  • Specialists Are The Best Solution To A Broken Car Key

Locksmiths will initially attempt to remove a broken key blade with a pair of long nose pliers. If that doesn’t do the job, then a lock pick in combination with a flat-bladed tool will be used to pry the key out. Other tools used for broken car key extraction include using stiff wire similar to a pair of chopsticks (or bent into a U-shape), using a jigsaw blade to fish out a small broken off section, or using a key extractor tool. Often, the tools described are specialized tools based on the mechanism of the locks.

  • Dealer or Specialist Locksmith Service for your car key extraction?

This brings us to question of whom to call when you experience a broken car key requiring car key extraction. Dealers will likely have the equipment needed to service your car. Note that the dealer will likely require that your car be towed to their shop in order to work on the car, and the speed of service will be based on if they have the keys in stock and how busy they are.
By calling a locksmith with specialized experience in car keys and broken key extraction, you will save money and time on the service. It’s also possible that the dealer will go to where you’re stranded and work on your car on the spot, at a price significantly lower than what a dealer will charge.

Stellar Keys is your go-to solution for a trustworthy and safe car key extraction services for your car, truck, or motorcycle in the Greater Minneapolis Area. With the use of industry-leading programming tools, we create new keys for your vehicle that adhere to the manufacturer’s specifications. Simply contact us, and we will be with you in a matter of minutes.


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