How to Remove a Broken Key out of a Door Lock?

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Remove a Broken Key from a lock

A broken key stuck in your door lock can ruin your day. However, without calling an emergency locksmith Orlando there are a few different ways to remove the broken stuck key from the lock using different devices and simple household items. But, SY King Locksmith in Orlando is always nearby to assist you with any issues you may have with your locks or keys.

Often, all it took was to stick your key in your entryway, give it a twist, and snap, the key breaks into two parts? Regrettable, this occurs more often when you come tired from work or had a long day, but you shouldn’t have a panic attack.

The technique that will work best for you depends on the lock you have installed. And how far did you wedge the key into the lock and the tools you have available. Plus, how much time you have to devote to your key-extracting attempt.


Think, before you try to remove the broken key


Before you cause more damage, there are some things you have to know before trying to remove a broken key stuck in a lock.

The first reaction is to attempt to use the other half of the key in conjunction with the torn half to attempt to open the lock after the key breaks. Please, try not to do this since the further you drive the broken piece into the lock, the more troublesome it will be to remove. Also, some of the techniques may not work at all if the key is pushed too deeply inside the lock.

You won’t need the other half of the key to open the entryway, but hold on to it. When you remove the other half, you can take the two pieces of the key to a locksmith shop or call us to have another key made.


Use a broken key extractor tool

Broken key extractor tools set

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Keys break a lot since metal tends to break not bend, and luckily there is a special tool made for extracting broken keys from locks. Usually, most people don’t have one of these lying around, however, right now is an ideal opportunity to use it if you have time and it’s not an emergency. People can buy them for a couple of dollars from a locksmith shop or hardware store. But, call ahead to save yourself the time if they don’t carry the device since its specialized tool.

To use the broken key extractor, slide it into the keyway along the part of the key that connects with the lock or better known as bitting. When the extractor is set up, turn it slightly and pull. The objective is to use the little hook at the end of the device to get the teeth of the key. It is not easy and you may need to attempt a few times before it comes free. But with a little tenacity, you will have your key out in a matter of minutes.


Try tapping the lock


In certain circumstances, you may not require any extra devices. When your key breaks in a padlock or a lock with a removable cylinder, you can frequently slide the key out with only your strength and with the assistance of gravity. But, you will accelerate the process by using a lubricant.


You should hold your lock and tap it strongly against the edge of a hard surface, making sure not to cover the keyhole. The key should slide out of the lock, at least enough to permit you to grab the end with your pliers or tweezers and pull it the rest of the key out.


Use a small jigsaw or mini hacksaw blade as your broken key extractor

hacksaw blade

Don’t have time or the hardware didn’t have a broken key extractor? Well, don’t worry – you can make your own.

Hardware shops may not have many specialized Locksmithing tools. However, another way is to have some hacksaw or jigsaw blades that will work similarly to a broken key extractor. Since these blades come in packages containing different blades, you should check your toolbox to check whether you have a couple that may work.

The strategy for using the saw blade is practically identical from that of the key extractor tool. Yet, you will initially need to sever the end of the blade to remove the thick portion containing the pin toward one end, permitting it to fit into the lock.

Also, recall that if the serrations on the blade are at an angle, ensure that they point back toward you when you embed it into the keyhole. This will permit them to grab the teeth of the key similar to the hook on the end of the extractor tool.




If you can’t remove a broken key, add a little lubricant like WD-40. Try spraying a small amount of WD-40 or putting a couple of drops of graphite lubricant into the lock cylinder. Then attempt to jiggle your key to work it further into the lock and try removing your key once more.

When your key doesn’t want to come out, you should call a locksmith in Orlando to prevent worsening the situation or breaking your key causing the removal of the lock which means more labor or money.


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