Every day we use keys to get in our cars and homes, but what no one ever expects is for their key to break. Keys are vital for our security and safety, but what do you do when one breaks? Keys can break in many ways, so let's discuss the types of breaks and how to fix each one.
Your Key Breaks in The Lock
So, you stick your key in the lock, hear a crack, and you are standing there with half a key, and the other half is still in the lock. While this situation is frustrating, there are solutions. Yet, the most obvious solution of putting the key back together with glue or duct tape will not work in most cases.
The best solution is to fix the problem before it happens by checking your keys frequently. Keys can break under pressure, and they are subject to normal wear and tear, like anything else. They do not last forever, and all keys should be appropriately used to extend their longevity. As Grandma says, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
However, if you are reading this because your key is already broken, you need to call us at ASAP Locksmith. If you broke your house key, then bring us the two halves, and we will make you a brand-new key quick and easy. If your car key is the issue, you will need a full car key replacement along with having your transponder key reprogrammed.
We can also take care of this for you. If your keys are patented, you may need to go to a locksmith that is a licensed distributor for the company. Give us a call, and we can let you know if we can help you out or put you in touch with someone who can.
Another significant warning is to never drive with a broken key or by putting one back together. This is very dangerous because your key could break again while you are driving. This can cause countless issues, such as your engine turning off or steering wheel locking in the middle of the road. We at ASAP Locksmith care deeply about your safety, so please never try to drive with a broken car key.
The Bow Cover Breaks
If your bow cover breaks, this problem is not as urgent and can be fixed easily. The key's bow is the length of metal that remains outside of the lock so that the key can turn. Usually, this is covered by either a plastic or rubber cover. These covers can be damaged rather easily. If your bow cover breaks on your house key, this will not inhibit the key's function, and you will still be able to use it. So, you can wait until your next trip out to get a new key made.
But if the bow cover breaks on your car keys and your car have keyless entry, then the bow cover also secures your transponder chip. This issue will need to be remedied as soon as possible. It is possible to fix this by yourself by drilling holes, but we don't recommend it. If your car key bow cover breaks, it is best to bring it to a professional to fix. You can easily damage your transponder chip when drilling, and if that happens, you will have to have your entire car key replaced.
Your Battery Dies
This is mostly an issue for your car keys. Batteries in your key fob or your remote can die as well. So, it is best to anticipate this need and have spare batteries. If you use your phone to unlock your car, always have your phone charged and have a charger nearby. If you need new batteries for your key fob or remote, make sure to buy a spare so you are prepared if it dies again. With your house key, you most likely are not dealing with batteries, but if you use a smart key with your phone, always keep your phone charged.
This is another concern mostly for car keys. Almost every type of house key is resistant to water damage. Exposure to water can impair any key that includes a remote or key fob. Removing the water from the remote or key fob works in the same way as when you drop your phone in water. Try submerging the key fob or remote completely in rice. The rice will pull the moisture out of the device and often allow it to function properly again. If this doesn't work, you will need to replace the key. Again, the best cure is prevention by storing your keys in a waterproof container when you are around water.
In conclusion, a broken key is not a complicated situation to fix, while at the same time, it isn't as easy as putting it back together again. The best solution is to be proactive and has spares in case something was to happen. Call us now at ASAP Locksmith Dallas, and we will make sure you are prepared if your key breaks.
I am Dustin Fernandez, and I'm the owner of ASAP Locksmith in Dallas. My company is a family business, and we provide locksmith services to residential, commercial, and automotive customers. I’ve been in the locksmith industry since 1995, when I was just 20 years old. I started by working for another locksmith company before eventually starting my own. Over time, my father joined me as a partner in this venture, which made him proud to help his son succeed at something he loved doing!