Getting the wrong key stuck in car door is one of the most common downsides of having to lock your car to prevent theft and vandalism. Many people who combine keys that open different locks – from their home doors keys to useless keys they carry around to “add weight” to the bunch. This often contributes to the confusion that results in the insertion of the wrong key into the car door keyhole. Should you find yourself in a situation where the wrong key is stuck on the lock, it is very important that you exercise patience and avoid trying to force the key to open the lock or forcefully trying to get it out. Here are a few things you can do to prevent damaging the car door lock and to gain access to your car with minimal inconvenience.
1. Apply A Lubricant And Jingle Gently To Release The Key
When you get the wrong key stuck in car door, it is often because the key is the wrong size or because it lodges against the lock tumblers, causing it to be unmovable. One of the simplest solutions to the problem is to spray some lubricant in the keyhole to unstick the teeth and make them slide over the pins with ease. An ordinary lubricant such as graphite powder or aerosol can should do the trick. Apply the lubricant generously and gently try to pull the key out. If it still sticks, gently but firmly pull the key while wiggling it and add more lubricant. Repeat this process if necessary. This is by far the simplest and most effective way to get the key out without damaging the lock or the key.
2. Apply Ice To Release Wrong Key Stuck In Car Door
Car door key is typically made to perfectly fit the keyhole. The wrong key often gets stuck because it is the wrong size, often larger. Since the key is metallic, significantly lowering the temperature shrinks the key, allowing it to easily slip out of the lock. Wrap two or three ice cubes in a small plastic bag or paper towel then hold it against the key for three to five minutes. Next, stabilize the car door lock by pushing against it and wiggle the key while gently pulling it out. If the key is loose enough, it should slip right out. This strategy works best in warm weather.
3. Call A Locksmith
If you are still locked out of your car after trying these two strategies, it may be time to call a specialist. For most cars, you should be able to unlock the door by getting beneath the window and popping the lock, but this may mean driving to a garage with a key sticking out of the door. A car door locksmith has specialized tools and the expertise to mitigate damage while removing the wrong key stuck in car door and will be able to resolve such a problem within minutes. It is recommended that you call an auto locksmith with experience in working with car door locks.