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Car Key Extraction Service



Here’s the scenario. You insert your key into the car door lock or ignition and get the key stuck, or worse, the key breaks. The panic is incomparable. Not only is it difficult to remove the broken key from the ignition or car door, but it’s also nearly impossible to drive your car without a working key.

Fortunately, Locksmith Tacoma offers a car key extraction service that can quickly and easily remove broken keys from an ignition lock or car door lock.



A broken key isn’t the end of the world

A broken key can be a major inconvenience, but it doesn’t have to ruin your day. There are a few simple steps you can take to get back on the road.

First, locate the broken key or broken key pieces. If it’s lodged in the ignition, you may be able to remove it with a pair of needle-nose pliers. If the key is stuck in the lock, you may be able to use a wire coat hanger or a small piece of metal to fish it out. If you can extract the key from the car door yourself, there’s a chance it’s too badly damaged to use. You’ll then need to make use of a spare key if you have one.

If these tricks don’t work you’ll need to call a locksmith. Not only will a locksmith be able to expertly extract the car key or broken pieces, but they’ll be able to create you a car key replacement. With a little luck and some quick thinking, you’ll be back behind the wheel in no time.



Why do car keys break?

There are many reasons why a car key might break or get stuck inside the ignition or door lock. Car keys are subject to a lot of wear and tear. They’re constantly being jostled around in your purse or pocket, and they’re exposed to the elements whenever you’re driving. Over time, all of this wear and tear can add up, causing the key to break. In most cases, the key will snap in half at the point where the metal is thinnest. This is usually where the key meets the head, or where the teeth meet the shaft. In some cases, however, the entire key may shatter. This is usually caused by a sudden impact, such as dropping the key on a hard surface or from undue force when turning and inserting the key. No matter how it happens, a broken car key is always a major inconvenience.



Broken car keys CAN be retrieved

Ever wondered how locksmiths go about broken key extraction? If you end up calling one of our auto locksmiths, here’s how we do it.

First, your locksmith will assess the situation to see what type of lock you have. It’s likely we’ll need to try a few different tools before they find the right solution. Once we have the right tool, we’ll insert it into the lock and apply pressure to release the mechanisms inside. This will turn the lock and release the catch that is holding your keys in. We always ensure there isn’t a single broken piece left inside the locking mechanism, and that the broken car key is properly removed.

In extreme cases, where you have a bigger problem, we may need to drill through the lock to get to your keys. However, this is usually a last resort measure.



Using our car key extraction service

Not all locksmiths are created equal. Our locksmiths are all experts, with the necessary training and certifications to get the job done properly.

With the right tools and expertise, a locksmith can quickly and easily perform a car key extraction from any car. We can also make a new key for your car on the spot, so you can get back on the road as soon as possible. Our locksmith services are available 24/7, because we understand the importance of being a flexible service provider. Our locksmiths are fully mobile and will come to you at any time, day or night.

Our exemplary service won’t break the bank either. Our services are all affordably priced for any budget. So if you’re ever in a bind, make sure to give us a call. We’ll be there to help you in no time.


We ensure you’ll receive:


• Fast response times

• Fully mobile technicians

• 24 hour service

• Insured locksmiths

• Great prices



Got Broken Car Key Stuck In The Ignition? Contact Us & Get Your Brand New Key Today!






What is a key extractor?

  • A key extractor is a tool that is used by a professional locksmith to remove broken keys from locks. It consists of a small, serrated blade that is inserted into the lock alongside the broken key. The blade is then turned, catching on the teeth of the broken key and allowing it to be pulled out of the lock. Key extractors are relatively simple devices, but they can be extremely useful in situations where a key has snapped off in a lock. With the help of a key extractor, it is usually possible to remove the broken key without damaging the lock itself. As a result, this tool can save a lot of time and money that would otherwise be spent on replacing the entire lock.



How much does it cost to have a key extracted by a locksmith?

  • If you need a key extracted from a lock, the best course of action is to call a locksmith. Broken key extraction is a delicate process, and attempting to do it yourself could result in damage to the lock. The cost of key extraction will vary depending on the type of lock, the complexity of the job, and the location. In general, however, expect to pay somewhere between $50 and $100 for key extraction services. Our locksmiths can give you a price estimate over the phone before they assess the job. Once they’ve assessed the job on-site they’ll be able to confirm the price before commencing work.


How long will it take for a locksmith to extract my car key from the lock?

  • We understand you really want to get back to your day as soon as possible. Fortunately, car key extractions usually only take a few minutes. The exact amount of time it will take depends on the type of lock and the condition of the key. For example, if the key is badly worn or the lock is damaged, it may take a bit longer to get the key out. However, in most cases, a professional locksmith will be able to quickly and easily extract a key from a lock. So, if you’re ever in a situation where you need to get your car key out of a lock, don’t hesitate to call our locksmiths for help.


Will the car key extraction damage my ignition cylinder?

  • In most cases, this can be done without damaging the cylinder. However, there is always a risk of damage, and it is important to weigh this against the cost and time required to replace the cylinder. In general, car key extraction is a relatively safe and straightforward procedure. However, it is always best to consult with a professional before proceeding. They will be able to assess the situation and advise you on the best course of action.


My car key appears damaged after being extracted from the lock, now what?

  • If you find that your car key appears to be damaged after being extracted from the lock, there are a few things that you can do. First, you can try using a file or sandpaper to remove any rough edges. If the damage is more severe, then it’s really best to have the key replaced. If you’ve used one of our locksmiths to extract the key, they’ll be able to replace the key right then and there. If you’ve managed to extract the key yourself and you’re now concerned about damage. Give us a call and we’ll send someone over to create a replacement key for you. It is important to have the problem addressed as soon as possible to avoid further damage to your car’s locking system.

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