Keys are generally little brass objects. And while this zinc-copper alloy has numerous advantages, one disadvantage is that it may fatigue and tear if overused or misused. A key nearly always breaks within a lock whenever it breaks. It may cost hundreds of dollars to hire a locksmith to repair a shattered key. But before you call professionals to remove a shattered key from your car or house lock, you may try to remove the key yourself using a broken key extractor. A broken key can usually be extracted in a matter of minutes. You might be astounded at how simple it can get with the help of a broken key extractor.
How to Remove a Broken Key Using an Extractor Tool
Using an Extractor Tool to Hook a Key
Using a spray lubricant, flush the lock. On the spray nozzle, attach the straw present on the can of the spray lubricant. Place the straw attachment’s other end against the lock’s opening.
Choose a silicone spray to use. The silicone lubricant will make it easier for the key to slide out, and because it is water-resistant, it will protect your lock from rust.
Adjust the Cylinder’s Position
To extract the key fragment from the door, the cylinder must be in the locked or unlocked position. If you try to remove any key from the lock while it is in-between states, it will become stuck.
To reach inside the cylinder, use needle-nose pliers. Turn the cylinder until it locks or unlocks the door.
As a guide, use the broken handle part of the shattered key.
Insert the handle section of the key inside the lock till the shattered segment is reached. The person will need to look for the big groove on the side of the key. The best place to put the extractor is there.
Choose an Extractor Tool
The majority of broken key extractors come in a kit with various spiral extractors and key hooks. They’re available online or at any hardware store. The key hooks resemble miniature harpoons and have long, thin rods with various hook shapes. Spiral extractors are flexible metal rods with tiny hooks running their length.
Insert the Tool (s) Into the Lock
To quickly hook the key’s teeth, the hook should be pointed upward. Direct the tool to slide into the key’s groove on the side.
Pull the Extractor by Twisting It
Once it’s in the lock, you must turn the extractor slightly toward the key. Then, while pulling back on the device, press the handle end away from the lock. This will help slide the key out of the safety by pressing the hook against it. Continue trying until the tool’s hook catches one of the teeth, and you can free the partial key.
The same rules apply when using spiral-style extractor tools. Instead of twisting the handle a small amount, spin it several times before pulling the tool back straight to remove the key fragment.
Prevention is frequently argued to be preferable to treatment. Regularly inspect your keys for signs of wear and tear. All of the keys you use regularly begin to deteriorate and crack. To keep your locks clean and free of dirt and filth, use top-quality cleaning products. And use your broken key extractor to get your key out if it is stuck. After inserting the keys, pull them out and turn them 2-3 times. Dirt and trash may be attached to them. Wipe them down several times and keep them clean to avoid future mishaps.