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Key Stuck In Lock

Is your key stuck in a lock? If you’re asking yourself this question right now, you’re in the right place. A key stuck in a door or a key stuck in a lock are very common issues that the average person faces on a daily basis and no matter how much it happens; it’s annoying every time. So, what do you do if your key is stuck in a lock?

A key is stuck in a white farmhouse door.
A big key with a plastic keyring is stuck in a lock.

Why Do Keys Get Stuck in Locks?

A key can become stuck in locks for a variety of reasons, such as:

  • Lock failure
  • Badly cut, worn or broken key
  • Incorrect operation of the lock
  • The wrong key used by mistake
  • Dirty lock

What Should You Do If Your Key Gets Stuck in a Lock?

The first thing you should probably do is phone one of our many locksmiths. However, if you want to give the issue a go at yourself, here’s some ways you might go about fixing it.

Make Sure the Lock is Lubricated

Products like WD-40 are ideal for attempting to retrieve a key stuck in a lock. Most cans come with a tiny straw nozzle specifically designed for getting into spaces as tight as a keyhole.

  1. Hold the straw nozzle right above your stuck key, aiming it into the hole.
  2. Wiggle the key up and down until you work it out of the lock.
  3. Once it’s out, use a file to smooth away any barbs or sharp points on the key teeth to prevent future problems.

Push the Plug in

The keyhole plug in a pin tumbler lock is just one part of a larger locking cylinder. If the plug is loose, it can move slightly within the cylinder and prevent the pin tumblers from aligning, making it difficult to remove the key.

  1. Push your key in as far as it will go and turn it, so that the keyway slot is in the exact position it was in when you inserted the key; this is the correct position for the pin tumblers to align in the cylinder.
  2. With your other hand, use the tip of your finger to push firmly on the face of the plug next to the key.
  3. Gently twist and the key should pull out easily.

Key Still Stuck?

If you’re key still won’t budge, there’s no need to panic.

With over 30 years of experience helping people get back into their homes, garages or offices, there’s no job too big or small that we can’t handle.

If you want to remove your stuck key in a hurry, we will send one of our many talented locksmiths to come and help you. They will remove all the guesswork and hassle from you trying to fix it yourself.

By choosing LockRite, you’re not only choosing a professional locksmithing company, but you’ve also decided that you want the best locksmith on the job.

We can ensure that our locksmiths will analyse the problem and fix your issue in a time and cost-effective manner.

So, if your door is sticking, please feel free to contact us on 0800 0612 677 for a free, no obligation quote.

A key is stuck in a white farmhouse door. A big key with a plastic keyring is stuck in a lock.

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