Well guys, I'm bored and need something to do. My Loyale is currently in great working condition, which bugs me. I have nothing to work on. Well, all the projects I still need to do cost way too much at the moment. Figured I'd try to fix something small that has been an issue for some time now.
January 3, 2013. A cold winter morning. I came out to my car, only to find my door locks were frozen (not the first time it has happened). I guess this is when power locks come in handy, but I hate power options. After about twenty minutes, I finally managed to unlock my door. In the process of doing so, I weakened my key. So fast forward a few hours, and I'm about to drive home. Go to unlock my door, and half of the key shears off. One half on my key ring, the other half deep in the key hole. Luckily, I always carry two spare keys with me, so I was able to start her up and drive home.
After fiddling with some tools, I was unable to remove the broken key from my driver's door. No matter what I tried, I couldn't get the broken key out. I've tried multiple times over the seven months since the incident occurred, but to no avail. That broken key is still in my driver's door, which makes it so I can't lock my door. I have to keep my door unlocked, and considering I always carry my tools with me, it's worrying.
So basically, do you guys have any methods to get broken keys out of locks? Maybe I just don't have the right tools, and wondering what I should buy that will most likely work. First thing that comes to mind is a magnet, but a keyhole is really small. Not sure what magnets would fit. I've heard jigsaw blades might work, but I haven't tried that. Have you guys experienced this before? Broken a key in the door and unable to get it out?
Maybe also give some tips on how to prevent this. I purchased some lock de-icer back in January, but never was able to tell if it worked since it never got that cold again. It has made my locks easier to turn though. When I was at Ace Hardware having them copy my key again, I asked about a "stronger" key. But they said all keys are made from the same material.