Columbia CAR KEY EXTRACTIONS
No one ever expects their key to break when they put it in the ignition or in a door lock. Unfortunately, this isn't an uncommon occurrence. Keys can become damaged and break just like anything else. The good news is that you can call us 24 hours a day for help getting back on the road.
When you extract a key from my ignition, will you need to replace it?
It isn't always possible to answer this question until we see your car and survey the damage. Many factors go into determining whether we will need to replace your ignition cylinder at the same time that we extract a key. The first thing we look at is how far the broken pieces of the key went into the lock cylinder of your car.
When the pieces of the broken key are towards the top of the opening for the ignition, our skilled automotive locksmiths can usually extract them easily and won't have to consider replacing your ignition. However, we will likely need to replace the ignition if you apply a lot of force to your key or ignition and it results in the key breaking inside of it. That is because the firm pressure can cause damage inside of the ignition cylinder that we're unable to repair. We would need to replace it instead.
We will replace the ignition after extracting the key in this case. We dispatch a locksmith to your location or the surrounding communities within minutes of your call. Upon arrival, our locksmith will quickly review the situation and decide the next steps to take to get you back on the road as quickly as possible.
Will it be necessary to replace the lock on my car door?
In most cases, we don't need to replace a lock on a car door immediately after extracting a stuck or broken key. The one exception is when the car door lock is too damaged from the key breakage to operate properly. You can feel confident in knowing that our crew has extensive education and experience to perform this function. They take extreme care to extract the key without causing damage to the car door or lock at the same time.
How long will I have to wait for you to extract my key?
This takes a lot less time than you might expect. It can be as short as 20 minutes for straightforward cases. You can expect it to take longer when we need to extract a broken key from your ignition rather than a door lock. We can give you a better time estimate after arriving at your location and assessing the situation with your broken key. Our company guarantees that we won't cause additional damage to your vehicle when completing a key extraction. We don't want to make this situation more difficult for you than it already is.
Is it a good idea to make a spare key?
We recommend that you do this. The reason you contacted us in the first place is because a key has broken in your ignition or lock of your car. That makes it difficult and potentially unsafe to operate. Please don't try to hotwire your car or drive it with two broken pieces of a key. It's far preferable to ask your locksmith to make you an extra key. That way you will have one if you ever break a key again.
Is it possible to turn on my ignition with broken key pieces in it?
It may be possible for you to do this, but it's not a good plan. You could end up pushing the broken key pieces even further into the ignition. This will make it much more challenging for a locksmith to extract the key and will cost you more money as well. It's also not a good idea to force a car door open if its lock contains any pieces of a broken key. Rather than take these unnecessary risks, contact us instead. We will expertly and efficiently fix the problem while you wait.
Services Offered By Our Mobile Key Extraction Division
We know how difficult it is to move or drive a vehicle with a broken key in the ignition or a lock. Our dispatch center in your area will send a skilled auto locksmith technician to your location within minutes of your call.
Our locksmiths can help you with a variety of auto lock problems, including the following:
- Extraction of frozen keys
- Key extraction from dirty locks
- Key extraction from rusty locks
- Extraction of bent keys
- Removal of keys from damaged locks
When you find yourself in a literal jam, don't hesitate to call our company 24 hours a day. We're always available and we're happy to help.
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Extraction of broken keys from your ignition
The ignition of a car can be fragile, which means it requires precise tools and an experienced auto locksmith technician to work with it. We are always careful to extract broken keys very carefully to avoid causing additional damage. Since the job can be complex, it requires the use of specific tools to complete. Our locksmiths take special care to ensure that you don't have to worry about replacing your broken keys due to our mistakes. We aim to solve your problem, not add to it.
Extracting a key from the lock of a car door
Breaking a key can put you in an emergency situation where it's hard to think clearly. It might seem like you would save money and time by attempting to extract the key pieces for yourself, but this usually doesn't work out as people expect it to. For one thing, you need specialized equipment and extensive training to obtain the key without causing damage to the ignition or door locks. It's better to bypass this risk altogether by contacting us for immediate help. We assure you that we will leave your vehicle in the same condition as when we arrive except that it will no longer contain a stuck key.
New key replacement after extraction of broken keys
It isn't enough to extract your broken key if you don't have a working key to drive or open your vehicle. The locksmith who comes to help you will also create a replacement key for you on the spot. He or she will then test it in your door or ignition to ensure it operates as expected. You have the option of replacing any of your remaining keys if they appear bent or worn. This proactive approach can help you to prevent a recurrence of the situation you find yourself in now. Our mobile locksmiths would be happy to do this for you upon request.
Repairing locks after extracting a key
In most cases, a bent, worn, or corroded key is the reason for a jam. Occasionally, a key breaks due to a problem with the lock instead. It could freeze or contain too much dirt, rust, or other type of debris for the key to fit in and turn comfortably. If your lock appears dirty or full, try cleaning it to see if the key fits better. We are always available to help you if this doesn't work.
As the leading mobile locksmith company in this State, we take pride in our prompt and efficient services. Many of us have been in the situation of being stranded on the side of the road somewhere and understand how anxious you feel. We will be on our way to you and get you back on the road within minutes of your service request.
We offer mobile key extraction
It's impossible, not to mention dangerous, to attempt to drive your vehicle when a key is stuck in its ignition or one of its locks. You may feel so desperate to access your vehicle that you resort to breaking a window and using a spare key to drive. However, you don't have to do this. We are nearby and will respond promptly to your request for help.
You can call during the day, evening, late at night, on a weekend, or even on a holiday when many other locksmith companies are closed. Just call us to speak to someone who will ask about the broken key issue and your current location. We need this information to ensure we dispatch the locksmith closest to you who has the tools on hand to help. We're also here to take your call for quotes for non-urgent service. As a member of this community for many years, we derive great satisfaction from helping people out of a difficult situation.