What to do with a broken car key?09/10/2013 Back To Blog
A broken car key is not something you want to encounter for as long as you own a car. The worst case is the one where the key breaks accidently after a late night party. With care and attention to detail, it is easy to spot the extent of a key’s wear and tear and these are warning signs before it actually crumbles. Here’s what you can do when car keys break unexpectedly.
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* Car keys usually break because the metal in the key snaps due to prolonged use and lack of preventive maintenance. At times it could also be a faulty lock that has put undue stress and a key change is warranted before it actually breaks. Locksmiths can easily replace the metal bit and transfer the transponder chip; this is one of the most affordable methods.
* Try saving up pieces of the broken key, if that’s possible, as it will help (to some extent) in creating new keys by checking and retrieving the cuts from the broken key. Having a spare key is the best way out; however, the cost of replacing a broken key is relatively less than lost key replacement.
* Key extraction can help remove a broken key that is stuck at the car door or the ignition lock. A locksmith should try to extract the key immediately even if it is not an emergency. The longer it stays inside, the harder it is to get it out. Never try to remove the broken car key on your own as it is likely to damage the lock or make the extraction job more difficult.
* Look out for potential wear and tear to the key and the lock as well. Key removal tools help to a great extent but they need to be used with caution and with a certain degree of skill, otherwise it could cause further jamming.