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Old 05-20-2019, 08:54 PM   #1
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key broke off

on my 2017 surveyor 251 rks the key broke off in the "rear shower" lock. anyone know how to get a broken key out? tried needle nose pliers, can't get a grip on broken key?

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Old 05-20-2019, 10:20 PM   #2
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Try this. They used scissors and also a drill. You can find a lot of stuff on the interwebs.

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Old 05-20-2019, 10:31 PM   #3
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Sorry to hear. It is one of the reasons I replaced all my locks this past weekend. I was afraid our key was going to break off in one of the storage compartment locks.
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Old 05-21-2019, 02:26 PM   #4
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Try this. They used scissors and also a drill. You can find a lot of stuff on the interwebs.
I am a retired locksmith and would not recommend this approach since this is not the kind of lock you have. You could get this done by a locksmith since they have the special tools for the job or you could buy a broken key extractor and do it yourself.

Here is another video that has a wafer tumbler lock which is what is used on RVs.

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Old 05-21-2019, 05:02 PM   #5
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In the open position. Push the key further in to the lock cylinder. Using a small screw driver pry the cylinder out of the lock. If it comes out in your hand push the key out the back side of the cylinder. In the open position still, push the cylinder back into the lock. Have a new key made to replace the broken one.

If this doesn't fly try a copping saw blade. Teeth facing out and toward the key, push up on the wafers and then down on the broken key. Pull the blade out to see if this pulls the key out.

Still no luck drill it and replace it.
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Old 05-21-2019, 05:10 PM   #6
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If the key is broke off at the shoulder then all of the pins may be depressed and the lock may freely turn with a screwdriver.

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Old 05-21-2019, 05:23 PM   #7
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A very simple broken key removal tool can be made from a safety pin.

Open the pin and straighten. With some pliers bend a "hook" on the sharp tip, bending it back past 90 degrees and half way to 180.

Push the now barbed end of the pin into the lock under the various cuts on the key. Once under the first cut carefully draw key back. The barb should snag the notch in the key and extract.

Have a friend who owned a locksmith shop for over 50 years and have watched him both make the "tool" and remove the broken piece in less than a minute.

The key to success (no pun intended) is to make sure the tip is bent far enough back to allow it to slip between "tumblers" and broken key, yet still grab the first remaining "notch". If the tool slips off before key is all the way out, repeat until enough is exposed to grip with needle nosed pliers.

Since most keys break near the shoulder this should be fairly easy.
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Old 05-21-2019, 11:53 PM   #8
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Cheap set of picks at Harbor Freight. Little short orange handle set. Work for me.
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Old 05-22-2019, 05:28 AM   #9
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I've had some luck by bending a paper clip.


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Old 05-22-2019, 06:29 AM   #10
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Put Krazy glue on the end of a piece of wire or small drill bit and attach it to the broken key end in the lock.....once it hardens pull the key out.

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