Good car locks are made to keep away thieves and intruders not the owner of the car. It’s unfortunate that being locked out of your own car happens to everyone at least once in a lifetime. This can be very frustrating but it is never a serious problem.
Causes Of Car Lock Jamming
Most jammed door locks are caused by something being stuck inside the lock. Older cars prone to wear and tear and rust also tend to jam. Cold weather is also known to cause jamming and so do dust, gunk and debris.
How To Identify That Something Is Jammed In Lock
If your key doesn’t have any signs of being worn out or being broken, you might want to check inside the lock. Here are three simple ways to find out:
· Use a flashlight – get some light direct through the lock cylinder. Check if all the rods and springs are still well aligned or if anything is broken. Look for signs of rust and foreign objects. If there is something jammed in lock, you will definitely see it.
· In case you do not see anything wrong in there and the key is still not working, opening the door panel is the second solution. Once the panel is out, take a thorough look on the inside of the lock and try to clean it up or blow some air in there. Put back the panel and try the key again.
· If all fails it’s time to call a locksmith. They have the expertise to know what is causing the jamming.
How To Remove Something Jammed In Lock
The biggest cause of door lock jamming is usually dust and debris. Frozen locks and rust also affect a big number of locks and in rare occasions a key can be broken inside the lock. These steps will help to remove anything that is causing the problem:
1. Lubricant – spray some graphite powder directly inside the lock. Wait a few minutes and try the key. Repeat this severally until it works. This will take care of dust, frozen locks and add lubrication.
2. Extractor – if you can actually see something jammed in lock such as a key, a locksmith tool called extractor can be able to reach in and hook it out.
3. Kerosene – if rust is the issue put some kerosene in there overnight and try the key in the morning.
4. Remove the cover – if you don’t have a key extractor, unscrew the lock cover and manually try to remove the object stuck in the lock.
5. Heat – use a lighter to heat up your key and immediately put it in the lock. This will take care of frozen door locks. Alternatively you can use a blow drier to put some heat inside the lock.
How To Remove Key Stuck In Lock
A key getting stuck in lock after or before locking is fairly common and you cannot leave it there for safety reasons. Try these methods to get it out:
· Graphite – when something is jammed in lock, the first thing to do is lubricate with graphite powder.
· Ice – use spray coolant or ice cubes to make the key contract and get out of the lock.
· Jiggle the key back and forth until it comes out.