Left my keys in the back door and it slammed, catching the keyring in the
frame and now the key is bent almost 45 degrees. It was in the lock at the
time so the bend is on the straight bit between the "teeth" part and the
How's best to straighten it without snapping it? Heat then bend then plunge
into cold water? Just heat? Or will I be able to bend it cold? I'm wary of
trying it in case I snap it. It still works, but it's a bugger to keep in my
I have straightened keys and none of them broke. My instinct is that
straightening a key once is relatively safe. Based on my vague memory
that in making a copy of a key, the hardware store person clamps the old
one into a little vice, I have the impression that they could easily
copy a broken key. So straightening the bent one is not a big risk.
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