4 Easy Methods For Removing a Broken Key From the Lock

Did you accidentally snap your key into a lock cylinder? Don’t be hard on yourself because it can happen to anyone! That’s the nature of keys – they open doors for us million times, but we never know when will they betray us. All jokes aside, when the key breaks into the lock, you don’t have to be desperate because there are ways to fix it yourself. In this blog, we will tell you about 4 easy methods for removing a broken key from the lock. 

Clamping and Dragging

This method is pretty much just the process of clamping and dragging, clamping and dragging again… You take thin pieces of metal to clamp the side of the key in contact with the warding. The metal pieces you use for this should be narrow enough to permit access. When you successfully clamp the key, you can drag it slowly towards you. This may take some time and a few attempts but if you show some patience, the broken key piece will be extracted in about 15 minutes. 


Use of tweezers may be the first thing that comes in your mind when the key breaks into a lock. However, before you start picking the keyhole with tweezers, there are some things you need to consider. First of all, be aware of the fact that if your tweezers are too big for the lock, you’ll end up pushing the key further in. So make sure that your tweezers are thin enough to fit into a keyhole, open and go around the key. But if some part of your broken key is outside of the keyhole, you can freely use any type of tweezers (just be careful not to push it). 

Striking the Lock 

This method will be especially effective if your key broke in a padlock. You’ll just have to face the padlock downwards and strike it with a tool. If the key piece is stuck in a lock and you are able to face the cylinder down try striking method as well. If the key doesn’t slip out, try using more force. However, you need to be careful not to damage the lock. 

Using A Key Extractor 

If you feel like you need a more professional way of removing broken key from the lock, consider using a key extractor. It is a tool specially made for such situations. If you don’t have a key extractor in your tool kit, you can purchase it in the closest hardware store. Broken key extractors come in various shapes and sizes. Two of the most widely used key extractors are hook extractor and spiral key extractor. You’ll just need steady hands and focus and your key will be out in no time.

We are sure that at least one of these 4 methods will be useful for your broken key extraction. However, if you don’t want to risk damaging your lock, we recommend you to call a local locksmith to take care of this issue professionally. If you are in and around Detroit, call ASAP Locksmith for mobile locksmith assistance.

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