tylerpierce (tylerpierce) wrote,

Just like a lock without a key

This weekend gives me a 50% locksmith success rate.

Saturday afternoon, I wasn't able to remove a broken key from the ignition lock of a friend's recovered stolen car. The thieves apparently broke it off while trying to remove it, but couldn't get the ignition to the "off" position. Instead, they got it to the "accesories" position and turned the lights off. Since they'd already stolen the radio, this pretty much left the car off. It can still be started with a pair of needle-nosed pliars. Since the cylinder is partially turned, I couldn't get the key stub out for the same reason that it broke in the first place.

Sunday morning brought a nice success though; a friend called from a gas station, having discovered that the car she'd borrowed had a locking gas cap that had accidently been locked at the last filling. Picks in hand, I drove up to Capitol Hill and was able to pick the cheap little wafer lock and get to the tank. This was a little surprising, since I hate picking wafer locks, but the overall low quality probably had a lot to do with my success.

I think I may spend some time tonight working on my test rig tonight rekeying and picking some cylinders.
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