how do i remove a broken key from drivers side door

Asked by Mar 23, 2014 at 10:32 AM about the 1994 Nissan Altima GXE

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

it was really cold one day I stuck my key in to open the door when I began turning the key it broke off, the other half of the key is still in the door lock

2 Answers


A lock smith might be able to help you there. I'm not aware of any tricks to remove a broken key that's buried in a lock cylinder unless you dismantle it?


This is a long shot, but do you have access to a really strong magnet? If you do, start by approaching the lock from a distance a foot or so, then gradually bring it closer, all the while listening for activity within the lock like rattling or clicking. Approach slowly, and off you see the remainder of the key and it's out far enough to grab, that should do it. If it isn't, aim the manner directly over the remainder of the key, and approach slowly until the rest of it comes out. No guarantees here, but it's worth a shot. Let me know if this helped. John

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