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Broken key? Call a professional..

Updated: May 13

This morning, a friend of mine who works at a grocery store here in Buffalo called me to tell me about a customer at her store which broke their car key. Not a big problem usually, and especially when both pieces of the key are readily available. Unfortunately, this person tried to glue the two pieces together, then shoved them in the door. They were able to open the door but now one pice was stuck in the door, perhaps glued tight..

Now, it's no secret that unexpected problems have a way of seeming more severe than they actually are. But as someone who works in automotive locksmithing, I can assure you that a broken key is often one of the simplest issues we encounter. Typically, all it takes is a visit from an automotive locksmith to decode the cuts from the broken key, cut a new one, and progrtam it when needed.

However, in this particular case, the attempted DIY fix with super glue has complicated matters significantly. While it may have seemed like a quick solution at the time, the reality is that the glue has now made it incredibly difficult to remove the key from the lock cylinder. As a result, what could have been a straightforward job has become much more complicated and time-consuming.

So, here's the takeaway: when it comes to certain tasks, it's okay to try your hand at DIY solutions. But when it comes to dealing with broken keys, do yourself a favor and resist the temptation to take matters into your own hands—especially if it involves reaching for the super glue. Instead, save yourself the hassle and potential damage by calling a locksmith right away. Trust me, it'll save you time, money, and a whole lot of frustration in the long run.



Broken car key
Broken car key

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