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Old 04-13-2010, 01:40 PM   #1
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Help! Key broke off in lock!

Last night as I was locking the refrigerator outside access door the key broke off in the lock. I know that a locksmith can take care of this problem and I may have to hire one, eventually, but they are expensive.

Does anybody have any ideas or tricks to do this at home? I'm willing to buy a special tool if I need to.

Thanks...
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If the entire cut part of the key broke off in the lock, and it is the correct key, the tumblers are activated in the position to allow the lock to open. See if you can get some tool in there to turn the lock mechanism. If there is enough of the key sticking out, see if you can pull it out and use your spare key.

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Old 04-13-2010, 02:19 PM   #3
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If you get a very small PICK, a smaller version of an ice pick, you may be able to pull it out. 2 picks, one on each side may work better. It all depends on if you can get ahold of the side of the key.

Picks are generally sold in kits of 6 different end types.
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Old 04-13-2010, 03:07 PM   #4
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If you can't get a hold on the key remnant, remove the lock and wrap it in a rag. Then whack it on a hard surface to dislodge the remnant. If you take the broken key to a good locksmith they should be able to cut a new one easily from the pieces.
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I had this happen once.......I turned the Airstream on its side, shook it and out came the broken piece of key! (just kidding)
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As mentioned before, if the key is still in the lock, can you open the door? If so, replace the cam lock since you can get at it from the inside. They are certainly much cheaper than an on-site locksmith. Get the number off the round part of the key and match it with one at an RV shop and it will be the same.

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I have the same issue - just haven't tested out my plan of action (haven't needed the key yet). I was going to put a light dab of liquid nails on the end I have and carefully line it up and push it into the lock...hold it for a while, walk away for a while, then pull it out carefully...
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Old 04-13-2010, 06:56 PM   #8
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Last night as I was locking the refrigerator outside access door the key broke off in the lock. I know that a locksmith can take care of this problem and I may have to hire one, eventually, but they are expensive.

Does anybody have any ideas or tricks to do this at home? I'm willing to buy a special tool if I need to.

Thanks...
It sounds like you locked the door with the key in and it broke, right. moosetags has the answer insert a tool such as an easyout into a hole drilled into the key and hole at the same time, unlock. Then just replace the lock and key
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This is the refer access door, right? There's a list on here somewhere of key numbers for various parts of AS trailers versus different years of manufacture.

Airstream didn't make that many different keys...

So, assuming you get the old key out, just order a new one.

And don't forget, worst case scenario, you can still drive your TT to a locksmith, he doesn't need to come to you...

Here you go: Ken posted this link to the keylist. It appears you just need another 1101X key. Hey, you might already have one.
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Hi, HowieE has it right. Pick up a set of inexpesive welders picks they have various angles. It worked for me when my key broke off this winter in the lock.
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broken key

I agree with those who use some type of pick. I actually ask my dentist to save the old dental picks for me to use around the shop. I have used these on several occasions to remove a broken key. Usually with a thin 60 degree pick you can pull the key out just enough to get a pair of needle nose pliers on the key and pull it out.
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Thanks everyone for the tips. I searched online and found this link to get a better idea for making my own key removal tool.

Broken Key Removal (Pin Tumbler Locks)

I made my key removal tool out of a heavy guage pin my wife gave me. Using a pair of needle nose pliers I hooked the end of the pin. Sprayed some WD-40 in the lock and after about 10 tries I got the broken key out just enough to grab it with a pair of needle nose pliers.

Had some new keys made at Ace Hardware.
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Yay! Don't you just love it when you win over the hardware...?
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As mentioned before, if the key is still in the lock, can you open the door? If so, replace the cam lock since you can get at it from the inside. They are certainly much cheaper than an on-site locksmith. Get the number off the round part of the key and match it with one at an RV shop and it will be the same.

Good luck.

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I wish I could do that for my fresh water fill door. An "RV Repair Center" here in AZ ruined the lock.
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