Keys seem to have an annoying tendency of jamming when we most need them and least expect them to. If you’ve experienced this, you’re not alone. When this annoyance strikes, the biggest locksmith pro-tip to remember is to stay calm! Try to put your frustration aside and be gentle with your lock as being overly eager with a stuck lock often leads to more problems.
Why won’t my car key turn?
When a car key is stuck inside the lock and won’t turn, it is usually down to one of two problems; either you didn’t put it in the right way or there is a security mechanism at play.
If you suspect it is because the key has been inserted the wrong way around, try to gently pull the key out, moving from side to side. Sometimes a little bump can help you to slide the key out without causing damage to both the lock and/or the key. If that isn’t the case, then it’s likely that you’re experiencing some sort of security feature. For example, a steering lock requires you to gently turn the key and steering wheel at the same time. If this doesn’t work, then it’s possible the car’s security system is involved and it may require 10-15 minutes in order to reboot.
Why won’t my home door key turn?
It is extremely rare for a key to get stuck with most modern smart locks. However, if you mistakenly use the wrong key or accidentally insert the key incorrectly, many smart locks will identify this as a ‘dangerous’ action and automatically activate the locking mechanism. The good news that in this situation, you will just have to wait and the key will come out easily within 5 minutes once the automatic locking mechanism has rebooted.
With traditional locks, just like the lock itself, the problem is often much simpler. Rust inside the lock can degrade the internal workings, just as a rusty key can cause problems too. In this case, a good quality lubricating spray, squirted inside the lock and/or on to the key will help to break down the rust and get things working again. A word of warning, though – if rust is present this method is only a temporary fix and if left unchecked, the metals will continue to degrade. Speak to your local locksmith company in order to have the problem resolved properly as soon as possible.