A very common problem occurs when one of your keys breaks. The key may break outside of the lock or while in the lock. If it breaks outside of the lock, you need to take the broken pieces to a professional locksmith and have a new key originated. If the key is extremely worn, the locksmith must come to where the lock or vehicle is to ensure correct origination of a new key. Saturn vehicles along with older G.M. vehicles with single sided keys are notorious for worn keys that are not easy to decode.

If the key has broken off in the lock, do yourself a favor and call a Professional Locksmith to extract the broken piece from the lock. Locks contain many small springs and parts that can easily be damaged from someone not skilled at lock service, attempting to remove a broken key. Weekly, we see the results of someone attempting to remove a key and inadvertently destroying the lock or making the key extraction even more difficult. Replacing the lock will definitely cost far more than having the key extracted by a professional.

To avoid the problem of a broken key, replace any keys that have small fractures or crack in them as well as worn keys. Also, have a professional look at the lock and key when they become hard to operate. Most often, a lock that does not operate easily may be the result of a worn key. I have seen numerous vehicle locks replaced by mechanics when only the key was worn, costing the motorists far more than would have been necessary to replace the key.


photo1MA31189447-0001Did you notice that this picture shows a house key stuck into a Ford ignition lock? When this happens never try to pull on the key with any level of force. It will break off creating a worse situation and possibly damage the lock, necessitating replacement. Puting the wrong key into a lock happens quite frequently. If you call a professional locksmith immediately the key may be extracted without damage. If the wrong key was forced into the lock with extreme force, the lock may have to be replaced. The lock in the picture had the key extracted by a professional and the lock was not damaged.

Many times the correct key is broken off in the lock. If the key is sticking out of the lock, you may use pliers or forceps to pull it out. Never push the key in further. If the broken piece is not sticking out of the lock, do yourself a favor and call a professional locksmith to extract it. Sticking tools into a lock can cause damage and in most cases where someone who did not know what they were doing tried to extract the key, the lock was damaged and needed repair.

Never and I repeat never use superglue or some other adhesive to try to remove the key. I am amazed by the amount of people who try this. It always destroys the lock. Key extraction requires special tools and a very good knowledge of lock design.