Car Key Extraction Services in NYC

Has your car key snapped in the ignition? The door? The trunk? Having a key stuck inside a lock is stressful, and can seem irreparable, but you can rest easy knowing the problem has a simple fix and Royal Locksmith is on hand to extract the broken key, replace it, and get you back into your car and out on the road. 

As a fully licensed locksmith service provider, we operate 24/7 from our mobile unit, always ready to come when you call. With fast response times and affordable prices, Royal Locksmith is your go-to source for reliable key extraction services in the NYC area.


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Why Car Keys Break

Wear & Tear

The most common reason car keys break is due to simple wear and tear over time. Car keys, like any other hardware, become worn over time with daily use. Drivers should make a habit of checking their keys for cracks which makes them more likely to snap. If you notice that your key is cracked, replace it immediately (we can do that for you!) so that you don’t get stuck with a broken key!

Excessive Force

In some cases, a key can break off because of excessive force on part of the car owner. The key could break in the ignition or the door lock if too much pressure is applied. If you notice the key isn’t turning the way it’s supposed to, DO NOT exert more turning pressure – it may be that the lock just needs some lubrication. The solution to that is quick and cheap, but continuing to put pressure on the key may break it. 

Extreme Cold

Broken car keys are a common occurrence in the cold winter months. Extreme weather changes can sometimes make your keys, locks, and ignition susceptible to change. Metal contracts when it comes into contact with the cold, which can warp your keys and even the lock itself. Take care not to force the key into the lock if you notice trouble during these months – you could risk damaging your car.


How We Extract Keys

The car key extraction process is simpler than it may appear. However, the task of removal can depend on the state of the lock and key. When you have a stuck or broken key, it’s important to leave it up to the professionals.

When car keys break inside a lock cylinder (either in the ignition or the door) they usually do so at the point where the shaft of the key meets the head. To extract the key, we will use either a broken key extraction tool or a broken key extraction kit. The extraction processes for each tool are pretty similar, with a couple of minor differences.

car key extraction. Royal Locksmith


Commonly Asked Questions

How Long Does the Extraction Take?

It usually takes between 20-30 minutes for our locksmith to complete the extraction process. Please keep in mind that the exact amount of time for the extraction can vary depending on whether the key is stuck in the door or the ignition. 

Will I Need To Replace the Lock?

Usually not. We are experienced in professional key extraction and are usually able to remove all the broken pieces from the cylinder. However, there are cases when amateur attempts to remove the key have damaged the lock and required a replacement.

Will I Need To Replace My Ignition?

You may or may not need to replace the ignition cylinder after removing the broken key. Whether or not you need a replacement depends on how far the broken pieces remain in the cylinder. If the pieces are close enough to the point where they can be extracted without damaging the cylinder, our locksmith should be able to complete the job without the need for a replacement cylinder. The locksmith who attends to your call will assess your situation and guide you through what needs to be done. 

Can I Start My Car With the Broken Piece In the Ignition? 

While it may be possible to start the car with the part of the key that’s stuck in the ignition, we strongly advise against doing so. The piece can be pushed back farther into the cylinder, causing more damage and possibly requiring the ignition to be replaced.

Can You Make Me a Spare Key?

Absolutely! Key duplication and key replacement are just some of the services we offer. 


Call Royal Locksmith at (516) 321-4955 to get a free quote for a car key extraction!