Question about Kwikset Locks & Locksmithing
I have a Kwikset Smart Key Deadbolt. The key was able to turn the deadbolt for a while, but now my key will no longer unlock the deadbolt. I've also tried using the original key that came with the set and it still will not unlock or move.
Kwikset Smart Key locks are complete junk. I am a locksmith and I am constantly going from house to house replacing these "dumb key" locks with original kwikset pin tumbler locks. What happens is either your key or the wafers inside the lock wear slightly, slightly enough to cause your keys to not turn, and since these locks cannot be picked due to a side bar system, they must be drilled off and thrown away when this happens Unless you have another access point to get in the house. If you do remove lock from the inside, throw it in the trash, buy original kwikset and replace.
Posted on Apr 29, 2010
I have the exact same problem! Any solution would be appreciated.
Posted on Jan 14, 2010
Yeah, well, I just have to pull the door a little tighter closed, to give the sliding mechanism a bit more room and oiala, worked great like that for years and still fine.
Posted on Mar 16, 2015
Hi guys. Why don't you ask a woman. I had replaced every one of my locks five years ago. I had a dead bolt that did this. I took the lock back to lowes. They have a devise that will allow you to reset it with your key. No charge. It's never done it since. Sorry, no locksmith for me. That's why I put these in. I'm not sorry and love my locks. I change the lock about every two years.....and I don't need to pay anyone money to do it. Oh by the way, lowes also sells new keys for that purpose.
Posted on Aug 30, 2013
So it's a lose-lose situation with Kwikset. Use the Smart Key variety and these things happen. However, stick with the pin tumbler variety and you're vulnerable to lock bumping and lock picking.
I personally know a lot of people who switched to the Smart Key since it's marketed as a bump proof lock.
Posted on Jun 02, 2011
Regrettably, you will have to replace your lock. Take a look at this new lock technology. http://localinventor.com
Posted on Aug 01, 2012
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