If you have had the same car for many years and use the key to lock and unlock the door, there is always a chance the key could become weak because it has been used so much. If the key breaks in the lock of your car door, it can be hard to know what to do because it does not happen very often. Stay calm because there are a few options available to you. Use the following guide to learn a few things you can do if a key is broken in your car's door lock.
Remove the Key
The first thing you can do is get a pair of needle nose pliers and attempt to remove the key from the lock. Use the pliers to grab either keep and wiggle it back and forth in the lock to see if it will move. Pull the key toward you while jiggling it lightly at the same time to pull it free from the lock. If you are able to remove the key, you can then use your spare key to unlock your car door.
Call a Locksmith
If you want to get the key removed quickly and easily, call a locksmith to have him or her remove the key for you. They have specific tools and knowledge needed to be able to remove the key without causing damage to the lock.
Have the Lock Replaced
If the locksmith cannot remove the key, you can have the lock replaced by a mechanic like one from Lakewood Imports Volvo Specialists. The mechanic will be able to tell you the exact type of lock you need in order to replace the jammed lock. The replacement locks are very affordable and will take just a few minutes to replace. When you buy a new lock, it will come with a new set of keys to ensure that you are able to easily get into your car when needed. When replacing the lock, you can upgrade to a newer lock if you want to ensure that your car is as secure as it can be.
Keys often break in locks because the key is older and has become weak. If you notice that your key has started to bend or feels flimsy, you need to take it to any hardware store and have a replacement key made right away. The replacement key will cost far less than replacing the lock or calling a locksmith to remove the broken key.