Broken Key Extraction
Transponder Car Keys and VATS Keys
It happens, you are trying to get your key to turn the key in a lock, to start your car or to open your house and it just won’t budge. And then you feel one of the worst feeling, the key breaks in your hand, leaving the inserted part of the key in the lock. Don’t despair! Call Lock Poppers and we’ll come out and get the broken key out of the lock. If you need a new key made, we can do it. Or maybe you decide to get a new lock installed as long as we are coming, we can do that too! Call Lock Poppers for all your emergency locksmith needs.
Modern automobiles are designed to utilize key fobs. In order to arm the car alarm, lock or unlock the doors, you simply push a button and a radio transmitter in the fob sends a signal to your car’s onboard computer. When the computer recognizes the signal, depending on which button you push, your car is either locked, unlocked or armed. Additionally, the head of the car key has a transponder that adds an extra layer of security when the key is inserted into the ignition.
That’s great, but not everybody drives a vehicle that uses fobs or transponders. Many of us have old-school car keys, and what happens if the key breaks off in the lock? First, if this happens to you, you might think of this as a freakish, once-in-a-lifetime occurrence. Fact is, car keys breaking in locks is actually pretty common. Like anything else, if it’s used frequently over a long period of time, it will eventually wear down and break.
Car keys also break due to extreme changes in the weather, particularly during winter. If the temperature plummets, the ignition, door lock, and car keys will all change. Remember that when metal is exposed to cold, it begins to contract. That’s why unlocking or starting a car in winter can be tough, because it feels like the key is “sticking.” Keys alsp break due to owners putting too much pressure upon it, and debris getting stuck in the lock.
In cases like that, who you gonna call? You call Lock Poppers, and our mobile locksmithing service. We service clients in and around Jackson, Mississippi and Fayetteville, Arkansas. Believe it or not, but it’s generally a fast and easy process for a professional to extract a broken key from a lock or ignition. Instead of stressing over the problem, contact us by phone or online today!