Baltimore 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.
Will you need to replace the cylinder of my ignition too?
Although we understand this is a big concern, we can't always answer this question until we see your car in person. We need to consider several different factors when determining if it will be necessary to replace the cylinder of your ignition after extracting a key from it. One of the biggest factors that goes into this decision is how badly the key broke and how far the pieces of it became lodged in your ignition cylinder.
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?
We typically don't have to replace a car door lock after extracting a key unless its lock sustains too much damage from the key breaking off inside of it. Our crew of highly trained and experienced locksmiths know just how to extract a key without harming the door to the point where we would need to replace it.
What is the average turnaround time for key extraction?
Extracting a key from a car lock or ignition is one of those things that sounds complicated but can usually be completed quickly. We typically quote a time of 20 to 30 minutes. However, this estimate varies considerably depending on whether you broke the key in the door or whether it fell apart inside of the ignition. The locksmiths from We will inspect your door lock or ignition and quickly put together a plan to extract the key without causing any additional damage to your vehicle. We know that is the last thing you need in a situation that is already stressful enough for you.
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.
Can I start my ignition switch if it has pieces of the key stuck in it?
Although this might be physically possible, we strongly discourage you from trying it. Starting a car with two broken key pieces is not as simple as you might expect. In addition, it could damage your car even more. That is because the action of attempting to start the car forces the key's broken pieces even deeper into its ignition cylinder. We also advise against trying to open a car door when it has a broken key stuck inside of its lock. There's no need for you to take these risks when you can call us 24 hours a day and receive prompt, professional service.
Services Offered By Our Mobile Key Extraction Division
With our mobile key extraction service, we can come to you whether you're right here in your area or a location far away. Our company can assist anytime you get a key stuck in the lock of your car or its ignition. We work efficiently because we know you need to get back on the road as soon as possible.
You can depend on our hardworking and skilled locksmiths to perform these services:
- 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.
Removing a jammed key from the lock of your 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
Extracting the broken pieces of a key from a lock is not the last step for our service call. We still need to ensure that you won't have this problem again in the future. This could require us to replace your current car keys if they are bent or worn in any way. A bent key is the most common reason that people get their key stuck in a lock or ignition in the first place. Of course, we will always try to straighten the key before replacing it. If this proves impossible or you broke your key in two or more pieces when trying to remove it, our mobile locksmith will create a new key for you at any location and at any time of the day or night.
Repairing locks after extracting a key
Sometimes it's not the key that caused a jam but the lock itself. Like any part of your car, locks can become filled with rust, dirt, dust, or other debris. This makes it difficult for the key to properly fit in the lock. During the winter months, the lock could freeze and make it impossible to insert a key. If either of these situations happen to you, don't hesitate to contact our leading mobile locksmith for immediate service.
There's nothing worse than trying to get somewhere and not being able to drive your car, especially when you're on a tight deadline. While we can't prevent you from possibly missing tight appointments, we will fix this situation for you promptly so you no longer need to deal with the inconvenience.
We offer mobile key extraction
We understand that it's impossible to drive your car when you can't enter it or the key breaks off in the ignition. We also don't want you to take the risk of trying to drive it to us or breaking a window to gain access to your own vehicle. This is the reason that we choose to offer mobile roadside service 24 hours a day and seven days a week. None of our professional auto locksmiths would enjoy being stranded in a possibly unknown location and don't want you to experience that either. The minute you realize that a key has broken, just call us to request immediate repair or replacement service.
We are also available to answer your questions about auto locks and ignition switches an any time. If your situation isn't an emergency, feel free to call us for a quote or to schedule an appointment. You can also feel free to compare our service reputation and pricing structure with similar companies in the greater metro area. It won't take long to realize that scheduling your service with us is a great investment.