We have a lot of confidential corporate information in our office that we need to keep secure. Having key codes is hard because a lot of the staff forget them regularly and end up writing them down, which ends up making our office a lot less safe! As a result, we have switched to using fingerprint and facial recognition security which is working a lot better. It's not like people can forget to bring their faces into work! This blog has some tips on how to switch your office to using more modern security options like fingerprint scanners and facial recognition security.
Car keys don't get damaged easily. However, they are not damage-proof. Natural wear and tear over time can result in your car keys snapping off in your door or ignition. Both situations can be frustrating and inconveniencing. You may be locked out (if it snapped in the door lock) or not be able to turn your ignition on and off (if it snapped in the ignition). Therefore, you need to act fast to get the problem fixed. Fortunately, several automotive locksmiths offer car key extraction services for such situations. However, knowing a thing or two about car key extraction can go a long way in helping you know what to expect or plan accordingly for the repairs. Here's all you need to know.
The Culprits Behind Your Key Snapping
The primary reason your car key may get stuck or snap inside your door lock or ignition is natural wear and tear. This could mean that you may expect this at some point down the line. First, over time, the key head may wear down from the continuous turning. Consequently, it won't match the lock's aligning profile, snapping upon being twisted. The locking mechanism itself could also wear down, causing misalignment between its lock cylinder and the key's profile. In such a case, your keys will feel stiff in the lock or difficult to turn, compelling you to apply extra force that may eventually break the key.
DIY Vs. Professional Extraction
Extracting the key by yourself can be a cost-effective solution. However, it's not always practical if you don't have the right tools, time, and expertise to do it. You may also end up worsening the problem if you do it wrongly.
To take the broken piece out, start by lubricating the area to soften it and make it easier for the piece to slide in and out. Then, using tweezing tools like a pair of pliers or tweezers, try grasping and pulling the broken piece out slowly.
Unfortunately, the key may have snapped in while the key blade is way too deep inside the ignition or lock. Here's where automotive locksmiths come in handy. They have the experience and specialised key extraction tools to take the key out quickly and safely.
Repairs after your car key extraction aren't always necessary. However, this will depend on the extent of damage and the extraction method used. For instance, your key could have broken off in your ignition or lock because of underlying issues like freezing, rust, dust, and dirt. For such cases, the faulty issues will need to be addressed to prevent the issue from reoccurring. Look into automotive locksmiths near you for more information.