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How To Remove A Broken Key From a Door Lock

If you have a broken key in the lock of your car or house, before you resort to calling a professional, you can try to remove the key yourself. Usually, you can get out a broken key in just a few minutes. You may be surprised how easy it is to do. A pair of sharp pointed scissors can be used to grab the broken key that is just barely sticking out of the lock.

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You may be able to use tweezers but with caution! You don’t want to push the broken half into the keyway further.Sharp pointed scissors or tweezers to remove broken key if you don’t have needle nose pliers.Watch the video to learn more:

You can only remove a ket when the key cylinder core is not turned. This means that if the lock cylinder core can be moved around, the lock “pins” will hold the key in the lock and not allow extraction. If you CAN spin the cylinder there is probably enough of the key left in the lock to allow you to unlock the lock by turning it to unlocked position!


The old saying,Take a look at the keys you use every day. Keys will start to weaken and crack where the shaft joins the head just from regular use. If you can see any tiny cracks in your keys, get new ones cut and get rid of these old ones.