When trying to repair a key on a car, whether it is a factory-installed key or a rekeying that has not been performed for years, you are going to need to learn about Broken Key Extraction. This article will give you some basic information about Broken Key Extraction so you know how to correct the problem once and for all.
In order to successfully extract a broken key from a car, you are going to need the keys, a wrench, and a screwdriver. Unfortunately, the only way you are going to fix a damaged key is to replace it, but if you do not have a spare you can make a brand new key to fit on the car. Once you have the keys, the first thing you are going to want to do is to look at the door jambs in your car, and notice where the keys are missing. You may also notice that the locks themselves appear broken and need replacing.
Once you know the problem areas, you are ready to take off the doors, or, as you are going to refer to them, the jambs of the door. If you find any loose screws, you are going to need to remove them before you can begin to fix the door locks. Make sure the screwdriver you use is the correct size for the door, or else it could easily break and cause further damage to the lock itself. Once you have removed the screws, turn the door back, and start to move it away from the vehicle, and away from any other objects that might be in its way such as other cars or trucks that are behind it. If there are no other objects, it is time to begin fixing the damaged lock itself.
Once the door is properly turned around, you will be able to place your hand right next to the keyhole. Slowly pull up on the door until the key pops out. Make sure that you do not force the door open while doing this, because if it does, you will likely break something while trying to unscrew the key from the keyhole. Once the key pops out, you should hold the key in your hand and gently turn the screw clockwise until the lock clicks back into place.
Broken key extractors, although not difficult to use, do require a little bit of effort. There are several ways that you can remove the keys from your car, but most are fairly simple. The simplest method involves turning the key in a clockwise direction, while letting the door hang freely and then pulling it out. If this does not work, you may want to try a screwdriver.
If the screw turns and you cannot force the door open, you are going to need to look into a broken key extractor, which will allow you to easily extract the key. There are many different types to choose from and all are fairly inexpensive. Just like a regular key, they are made out of a soft metal, or steel, and are designed to break easily, allowing you to easily remove the key without causing any damage.